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ComputerWorld
Jul 23, 2021

Apple admins get a new remote support option
Apple administrators in the enterprise and education markets now have a new remote access option  thanks to a new integration between Addigy and Splashtop.

Splashtop comes to Addigy The move means Splashtop, which already has over 30 million users — including many Fortune 500 companies — is now the exclusive default remote support solution included in Addigy. It should be a helpful integration since it lets technicians and admins use Addigy's cloud-based solution for troubleshooting problems remotely.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 23, 2021

Avoid calendar clashes with a new breed of scheduling apps
What's the longest it has ever taken you to schedule a meeting? I can recall being on email chains that lasted weeks, with 60 or more replies-to-all flying around to a dozen people. As soon as everyone agrees on a time, of course, someone's schedule changes and the whole process starts over again.

Scheduling meetings is a task that has stubbornly resisted automation in part because the tools have been poorly integrated and also because of people's natural inclination to do everything by email. Scheduling solutions may be in for a revival, though, now that businesses are settling on a limited spectrum of office productivity tools and artificial intelligence is coming into the picture.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 23, 2021

How to fix a frozen Start menu or taskbar in Windows 10
From time to time, certain key elements in the Windows 10 user interface go dormant. You click on or touch the Start menu icon, or other icons in the taskbar, and nothing happens. Keep trying, and nothing keeps happening. This can be anywhere from frustrating to infuriating.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Jul 23, 2021

Cisco and the future of collaboration: What's to come?
Disclosure: Cisco is a client of the author.

Cisco (working with Forbes) this week put together a panel of experts to talk about the future of collaboration. The panelists included Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; Edward Wagoner CIO Digital at JLL Technologies; Shari Slate, the chief inclusion collaboration officer and vice president for inclusive future and strategy at Cisco; and Aruna Ravichandran, vice president and CMO for Cisco Webex. 

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ComputerWorld
Jul 22, 2021

Podcast: Pegasus spyware and iPhone security
Amnesty International's Security Lab revealed that a handful of iPhones, mostly belonging to journalists and human rights activists, were successfully infected with Pegasus spyware. While the majority of iPhones users are not affected, the spyware, created by NSO Group, was found even on newer iPhone models equipped with the latest iOS update. Apple bills the iPhone as the most secure consumer cellular product on the market, so this wave of malware raises security concerns. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss iPhone security and more. 

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ComputerWorld
Jul 22, 2021

Scary ‘malware-as-a-service' Mac attack discovered
Another day, and it's time for another Apple security scare: malware that can harvest keystrokes and log-ins and is available on the Darknet for only $49.

Malware-as-a-service for Mac attacks Check Point Software's research team claims to have identified the hack, which it is calling XLoader. Enterprise security specialists managing Macs and Apple devices (of which there are many) need to be aware of the new attack, as we're told it can:

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ComputerWorld
Jul 22, 2021

10 Gboard shortcuts that'll give you Android typing superpowers
If there's one thing we Android-totin' pterodactyls take for granted, it's just how good we've got it when it comes to typing out text on our pocket-sized phone machines.

It's all too easy to lose sight of over time, but Goog almighty, lemme tell ya: Typing on Android is an absolute delight. And all it takes is 10 seconds of trying to wrestle with the on-screen keyboards on that other smartphone platform to appreciate our advantage.

We've got plenty of exceptional keyboard choices 'round these parts, too, but Google's Gboard keyboard has really risen up as the best all-around option for Android input as of late. That's in large part because of its top-notch typing basics and its seamless integration of tasty Google intelligence, but it's also because of all the clever little shortcuts it has lurking beneath its surface.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 22, 2021

Windows 11: Déjà vu all over again?
For long-time Microsoft watchers, there might have been a moment of déjà vu last month as the Redmond, Wash. developer announced its upcoming Windows 11 operating system.

The moment? When they read this line in the company's official Windows 11 FAQ: "If you're currently shopping for a new PC look for 'Free upgrade to Windows 11' on the fact tag."

A decade and a half ago, Microsoft used something similar to market the PCs that were supposed to run its then-impending Windows Vista, with stickers at retail and labels online stating which machines were "Vista Capable."

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ComputerWorld
Jul 22, 2021

Zoom eyes new video needs in a hybrid workplace world
Boosted by the rush to remote work brought on by last year's pandemic, Zoom generated $2.6 billion revenue in 2020, a 317% increase year-on-year that made it one of the fastest growing apps of the pandemic. The number of meeting participants jumped by 2900%, and as of December, Zoom had 470,000 business customers and a valuation above $100 billion.

So as companies worldwide grapple with a pivot to hybrid workplaces — where some workers are in the office, others stay home — where does Zoom go now?

Zoom Zoom CIO Advisor Magnus Falk

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ComputerWorld
Jul 21, 2021

BrandPost: Banking Giant BDO and Huawei Collaborate to Provide Inclusive Financial Services for Filipinos
The average person in the Philippines spends more time on the Internet than any other country in the world. Filipinos are online over 11 hours each day, compared to a global average of just six hours. Indeed, with a total population of more than 100 million, 71% of Filipinos are active Internet users, creating the perfect environment to develop the country's digital economy through Financial Technology (also known as FinTech).

Despite being the most active online, more than 50 million Filipinos — over half the population — do not use any form of online banking. According to an official government report published in 2019, only 8% of Filipino adults have an active online account. This, combined with the 97% of Filipinos who still trade in cash, has created increased risks during the global pandemic when in-person interactions are limited.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 21, 2021

How Valley Behavioral Health uses Slack in a regulated industry
Team collaboration tools have become popular in a variety of sectors in recent years, replacing email with group chat "channels" for real-time communication. For Valley Behavioral Health, that's meant using Slack to improve the flow of information between staffers while ensuring that patient data remains protected.

Although it's largely a Microsoft shop, the Utah-based mental health services provider uses Slack's Enterprise Grid for internal communications among its 750 employees, connecting doctors, therapists, social workers and other staff members.

Valley Behavioral Health has channels for care coordination and a broad range of other purposes, from HR-related queries to property management issues (users can upload a photo of faulty equipment in office buildings, for example) to IT ticket submission. There's also a  "general" channel allows for informal conversations between colleagues.  

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ComputerWorld
Jul 21, 2021

Apple plans an all-5G iPhone range, but not until '22
Apple's first 5G iPhones are available now, but most users don't yet really feel the benefit, given that network infrastructure and services are still being rolled out. But you can expect adoption on both fronts to accelerate into 2022.

Good news, bad news Let's get to the bad new first: If a report on Nikkei is to true, Apple won't introduce an all-5G iPhone range until 2022, when it is expected to also introduce an A15-powered iPhone SE with 5G, but no iPhone mini. The current iPad Pro range also features 5G, but we have no info on any plans to extend this to other models.   

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ComputerWorld
Jul 20, 2021

Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

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

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ComputerWorld
Jul 20, 2021

Voice is becoming a primary search technology
If your business isn't investing in trying to reach the top of local search results, you should spend time thinking about how to do so, as voice-based search queries deliver locally-based results.

Voice assistants are maturing Ten years since Siri arrived, the voice assistant market is maturing and voice search is beginning to proliferate across multiple devices. Products from Amazon, Google, and Apple all deliver voice assistants and already one in four US adults owns a smart speaker. Juniper Networks predicts that voice-based ad revenue will reach $19 billion by 2022, but the best ads are always native search results.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 20, 2021

Email now and forever
Sometimes a story forces itself on me. First, I read a New York Times piece that raised a question: Could Gen Z free the world from email?. (The answer is no.) Then, I had a friend of a friend ask me if they could just replace email with Slack. The answer this time: Hell no.

Here's why.

First, there's a reason we've been using email for decades now. It just works. Really, it's that simple. In particular, the version of email that almost all of us use today, which is based on the Internet RFC-822 standard, works everywhere for everyone. You may work in Antarctica with an email domain ending in ".aq," but I can still send you an email with the address JaneDoe@SomePlaceReallyCold.aq and my note will get to you in a few seconds.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 20, 2021

7 inconvenient truths about the hybrid work trend
Remote work was forced on many employers last year by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a simple, mid-pandemic consensus that "remote work is here to stay." But as the crisis fades, organizations will get to choose where employees do their work — now with a new set of tools, expectations, and experiences.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Jul 19, 2021

Zoom buys cloud contact center Five9 for $14.7B
Zoom yesterday announced plans buy cloud call center service provider Five9 in a $14.7 billion all-stock transaction. Subject to shareholder approval, the acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

The acquisition could allow the to hedge its video bets after 18 months of unprecedented growth as both companies and individual users turned to the videoconferencing platform to stay in touch with co-workers, family, and friends. While the need for videoconferencing is unlikely to go anywhere, even with offices re-opening, Zoom appears to be looking to capitalize on its growing customer base by expanding services.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 19, 2021

iPhone spyware: It's a dirty job, but NSO's gonna do it
Amnesty International has revealed that NSO Group, an Israeli ‘surveillance as a service' company, has created and sold a nasty iMessage attack that can be used to spy on journalists, activists, and political representatives using their iPhones.

A zero-click hack attack What makes this latest attack particularly dangerous is its exploitation of zero-click vulnerabilities, meaning targets don't even need to read or open the iMessage carrying the hack. Amnesty says all iPhones and iOS updates are vulnerable to the exploit, which gives attackers "complete access to the device's messages, emails, media, microphone, camera, calls and contacts."

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ComputerWorld
Jul 19, 2021

In the fight against ransomware, Microsoft must do more
Not a day goes by that I don't hear about some business or consultant affected by ransomware. Often, the incident starts with a phishing attack or from a vulnerability introduced by delayed patching. Or it could be a consultant tool that should have been coded better. Regardless of how it began, if you attempt to recover from a backup (assuming you have a viable one on hand) or pay the ransom and attempt to unencrypt your data, recovery will take time.

That's time companies often don't have.

Last week, the US government set up the Stopransomware website to help businesses, schools, and other organizations deal with ransomware attacks. Included in the guidance are recommendations regarding backing up:

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ComputerWorld
Jul 19, 2021

Windows 365 — Microsoft's cloud-based OS explained
Microsoft last week introduced Windows 365, a new service that lets the company cut partners out of the money-making loop by providing virtual PCs to customers.

Rather than provide only the operating system or the OS and bits of other software — notably productivity applications in the form of Office — Microsoft will soon also serve up ersatz hardware, virtual machines running on its vast cloud of Azure servers.

Dubbed "desktop as a service" (DaaS, in keeping with other, similar acronyms) by some, Microsoft's tagged its offering as "Cloud PC" as in "Windows 365 is your PC in the cloud."

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ComputerWorld
Jul 17, 2021

A big July Patch Tuesday — and the ongoing print nightmare
This week's Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft is a big one for the Windows ecosystem; it includes 117 patches that handle four publicly reported and four exploited vulnerabilities. The good news: this month's Microsoft Office and development platform (Visual Studio) patches are relatively straightforward and can be added with minimal risk to your standard patch release schedules, and there are no browser updates. Alas, we have a really serious printer issue (CVE-2021-34527) that was released out of bounds (OOB) and has been updated at least twice in the past few days. That means you need to pay immediate attention to the Windows updates and that you add all of the Windows desktop patches to your "Patch Now" schedule. 

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ComputerWorld
Jul 16, 2021

In praise of Apple's new Contacts widget for iPhones and iPads
While we wait for Apple to properly repair Safari's user interface, there's good news: the all-new Contacts widget in iOS 15 is going to be really useful, not just to every iPhone or iPad user, but to every enterprise user, too. Because the widget turns your device into a powerful contact and communication management system.

How so? Read on.

A useful addition to the Home Screen Contacts is, well, basically a contacts book. But Apple has improved it with the addition of a vamped-up widget in iOS 15.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 16, 2021

Why respecting customer privacy is good for business
Data privacy concerns tend to elicit eye rolls from corporate marketers, who see restrictions on how they collect and use customer information as infringing on their ability to customize communications and experiences. But growing evidence indicates that respecting privacy is not only the right thing to do, but also a good way to grow your business.

Not that companies have much choice anymore. Nearly 130 countries have adopted data protection and privacy legislation. Colorado recently became the third U. S. state to sign a privacy bill into law, following California and Virginia. That means that organizations doing business in those states must observe regulations about responsible data retention and disposal, including consumer requests to opt-out of data collection. Gartner predicts that 65% of the world's population will be covered under modern privacy regulations by 2023, up from just 10% last year.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 16, 2021

Windows 365: The version of Windows that will change the PC world
Disclosure: Most of the companies mentioned are clients of the author.

We've been moving towards a version of Windows in the cloud ever since Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO. Windows 365, unveiled this week, is his signature version of Windows, but it is only at the beginning of its evolution. In the future will come advanced AI support, quantum computing elements, and virtual assistants so capable they don't yet exist outside of science fiction. The biggest constraint won't be CPUs or GPUs, it will be the network.

Let's look at just what Microsoft announced.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 15, 2021

Podcast: Future Mac chips: M1X, M2, M2X and more
Apple's M1 chip is the first in what the company calls a "family of chips" that is expected to grow later this year. The next iteration of Apple Silicon, the so-called M1X chip, may arrive in the second half of 2021 and power higher-end Macs. After that, Apple could release an M2 chip, an M2X chip and so on. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss future Mac chips, how powerful they may be and what devices will receive the hardware upgrade first.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 15, 2021

Microsoft Teams users get license-free access to Dynamics 365 data
Microsoft Teams users can now access Dynamics 365 data without the need for licenses for the CRM platform.

Microsoft has already moved in recent months to deepen ties between Dynamics 365 and the team collaboration app; in March, the company added the ability to embed Teams chat into the Dynamics 365 app, while improving access to data from within Teams.

At its Inspire event this week, Microsoft announced that all Teams users will now have access to Dynamics data from within the collaboration app, regardless of whether they have a Dynamics 365 license. Admins will be able to set permission and access rules to restrict access to customer records.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 15, 2021

Now that Windows is in the cloud, what about the Mac?
Microsoft has put Windows online with Windows 365, which means any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or even Linux user can run a a virtualized PC in the cloud. Can, and should, Apple do something similar?

What is Windows 365? Windows 365 will let you run Windows as a service in the cloud on your choice of device. When you move between devices, you'll always find your cloud PC just as you last used it, which enables you to work on the device most convenient to you at any time.

You access the cloud PC using a web browser or native app, and the service requires fewer technical skills than it takes to run Azure Virtual Desktop. "Windows 365 provides an instant-on boot experience that enables users to stream all their personalized applications, tools, data, and settings from the cloud across any device including your Mac, iPad, Linux device, and Android," said Microsoft 365 General Manager Wangui McKelvey.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 15, 2021

This clever Chrome collaboration tool deserves your attention
I'm always on the hunt for interesting new tools that can make our lives a little easier, and my goodness, have I ever got something that fits that bill today.

It's a new add-on for Chrome that gives you a super-simple way to share anything on your screen with anyone and show 'em exactly what's on your mind. And best of all? You don't have to hop on a video call to do it. It's asynchronous communication, as the cool kids like to say these days. Translated out of geek-speak, that means "a much less annoying way to get stuff done."

The program is called Bubbles, and it's one of those things that feels like such a smart and sensible addition to Chrome, you'll wonder why it wasn't already built in as a native browser feature. Don'tcha just love coming across creations like that?

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ComputerWorld
Jul 14, 2021

Say hello to the Windows 365 Cloud PC
It's good to finally see Windows 365 Cloud PC arrive. I've been talking about Microsoft's Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for years. (Yes, I know all about Windows 11, which I think is just a massive Windows 10 security patch. Windows 11 was never, contrary to what some people think, the future of Windows.)

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ComputerWorld
Jul 14, 2021

Zoho brings business intelligence to the mass market
Every 21st-century enterprise is — or should be — a data-driven enterprise. But like mining for gold, the raw data means nothing unless you know where to shine your light, and data itself can guide that decision. This is what Zoho Corporation aims to achieve with its latest announcement.

Business intelligence as a service The company is touting an end-to-end, self-service Business Intelligence platform that makes use of AI-driven data analytics to help expose critical patterns and insights.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 14, 2021

What is UEM? Unified endpoint management explained
Unified endpoint management (UEM) describes a set of technologies used to secure and manage a wide range of employee devices and operating systems — all from a single console.

Seen as the next generation of mobility software, UEM tools incorporate several existing enterprise mobility management (EMM) technologies — including mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) — with some of the tools used to secure desktop PCs and laptops.

"UEM in theory ties this all together and gives you that proverbial one pane of glass, so you can see the state of all of your endpoints," said Phil Hochmuth, program vice president at IDC. "It gives you visibility into what people are doing with corporate data, corporate apps, on any conceivable type of device."

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ComputerWorld
Jul 13, 2021

What's in the latest Firefox update? 90 unblocks Facebook sign-ins, updates in background
Mozilla on Tuesday bumped Firefox to version 90, launching an enhanced version of its anti-tracking technology that allows exceptions for logging in to sites with the user's Facebook credentials.

The outfit's engineers also patched nine vulnerabilities, five tagged as "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. Two of the nine were found only in the Android edition of the browser, but none were marked "Critical," the most dire flaw category.

Firefox 90 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows that the browser is already up to date or displays the upgrade process.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 13, 2021

The million-dollar question about Google's Pixel 6
Man, the Pixel 6 sure is shaping up to be one heck of a phone.

Now, don't get too excited yet. Google's next Pixel flagship is still far from being official, and we probably won't hear a peep of confirmation about it (or be able to buy the blasted thing) until sometime 'round October.

But, well, it wouldn't be a Pixel phone if it didn't leak like an elderly badger's mouth after a busy trip to the dentist. (Hey, even those dudes need the occasional crown.) And based on everything we're hearing about the Pixel 6 so far, it might just be the compromise-free Google flagship phone we've been waiting to see since — well, since way back in the Nexus days of yore, really.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 13, 2021

Apple is changing its MDM system in iOS/iPadOS 15
If your business uses Apple products, it's very likely you also make use of its mobile device management (MDM) protocols to manage your fleet. Be forwarned, there are big changes coming with iOS 15.

Putting your device in control Apple announced changes to its MDM system at WWDC 2021, introducing a new approach it calls "declarative management." It's designed to give each device more power and more responsibility, and replaces the server-heavy reactive MDM approach in use today (where a device is enrolled, profiles are downloaded, and appropriate action happens once the device confirms its status).

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ComputerWorld
Jul 13, 2021

To patch or not to patch: That is the question
Security is more important than ever—and ransomware is bigger and badder than ever.  Barely a week goes by without a major new ransomware attack.

One way you can slow down, if not stop, such attacks is by keeping your mission-critical applications and operating systems up to date. There's only one little problem with that. Those patches, especially Microsoft's Windows patches, can be more trouble than they're worth. What's a business to do?

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ComputerWorld
Jul 13, 2021

Say goodbye to all that: Microsoft ends Windows-as-a-Service
Microsoft's once-vaunted Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) is in tatters. Windows 11's introduction last month — and more importantly its proposed servicing and maintenance scheme — did that.

The fact that Microsoft bent to the seemingly inevitable should be credited, even if the company took years to reach a cadence that many customers had pleaded for almost immediately. But the failure of the Windows-as-a-service model likely also has a downside, chief among them the tainting of that strategy — perhaps to the point where it's no longer an option through the foreseeable future.

Pluses and minuses, then, as usual. But which is which?

Just a reminder about WaaS Microsoft had big plans for Windows 10. Enormous plans. The operating system would not be the next upgrade from Windows 7 but would be the final version for the rest of time. Rather than replace Windows 7 with another edition that would eventually age out of support and be supplanted in turn by Windows 10 x, Windows 10 would be constantly refreshed, with new features and functionality added to major updates released first three, then two times a year.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 12, 2021

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

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ComputerWorld
Jul 12, 2021

Can an Apple Watch help manage 'Long COVID'?
Digital health is person-centered, remote, and makes use of wearable sensors and technologies to enable a new approach to primary care. Fresh research involving 37,000 people gives us another insight into how this should work.

Sensors, smartwatch and symptoms Scientists from the Scripps Research Translational Institute in California recently published a study — Digital Engagement and Tracking for Early Control and Treatment (DETECT) — that looked at 37,000 people wearing an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or other wearables. Research last year showed Apple Watch helps more accurately detect the symptoms of COVID-19; now it seems it can also help manage the condition called "Long COVID."

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ComputerWorld
Jul 12, 2021

Not yet running Windows 10 21H1? It's time
Mid-summer is that time of the year when it's too hot to go outside and garden so I'm inside checking on the status of various computers and reviewing what needs to be done to keep them in a happy, healthy state. The first thing I do is check to see what feature release version I'm on. If you are still running Windows 10 2004 or 20H2, it's time to move to 21H1. (If you have a fast computer and an SSD drive the process should be quick; it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish to install the feature release.)

I remain a fan of using the targetreleaseversion (TRV for short), where you use either a registry key (with Windows 10 Home) or a group policy setting (with Windows 10 Pro) to select the feature release version you want. An easy way to use the registry key method is with links on the Askwoody site. If you've used the registry key method in the past to stay on 2004 or 20H2 you can now download the 21H1 registry key and install it.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 12, 2021

Download the Best Places to Work in IT archives, 1994 to 2021
Every year since 1994, Computerworld has searched for organizations across the U.S. that attract skilled tech professionals by offering robust salaries, stellar benefits, access to cutting-edge technology, flexible work environments and more. Starting in 2020, our sister publication Insider Pro took over the leading role in presenting the 100 Best Places to Work in IT.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Jul 12, 2021

8 great productivity tips for Chrome
In your workday, you probably spend more time using your browser than any other application. And you probably waste more time using your browser than you do any other application as well. Inefficient web browsing is one of the biggest productivity-sappers there is.

If you're a Google Chrome user, help is on the way. We've got tips that will help you make your time browsing the web far more productive — everything from opening your most important sites automatically every time you start Chrome, to organizing important sites into tab groups so you can get back to them more easily, to tapping into Chrome's many hidden powers.

[ Related: Chrome vs. Edge vs. Firefox: Which is the best browser for business? ] These tips were written for Chrome in Windows, but most work in macOS, Linux, and, naturally, Chrome OS as well. Some also work in the Chrome mobile apps.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

ArcGIS Field Maps iPhones herald the emerging digital enterprise
iPhones and iPads continue to replace the terminals once used by field service teams, but there are bigger implications as the kind of information gathered using Esri's industry-standard ArcGIS Field Maps app finds new deployments in smart city management and digital twins.

With tens of thousands of clients worldwide, Esri is a leader in geospatial information system (GIS). Its core product, ArcGIS Pro, is highly complex software with a wide array of capabilities and numerous extensions that can be used to handle challenging tasks.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

Clariti is one collaboration tool to rule them all
Somehow, in the information age, information seems harder than ever to come by. Teams — especially remote ones — tend to work in silos, with collaboration made more difficult by every team within an organization doing things a little bit differently. It doesn't matter how big an organization is; a symptom of growth is almost always information becoming more disparate and harder to come by for people who don't constantly need it.

There are plenty of communication, collaboration, and cloud storage tools on the market, but each serves an individual need rather than a holistic one. Then there's Clariti, which brings all of these functions under one roof. 

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

Livestorm goes beyond video conferencing with a powerful video engagement platform
Over the past year, people and companies alike have become more comfortable than ever doing everything virtually. Between video meetings, job interviews, touch bases, webinars, events, family gatherings, and more, our personal and professional lives have become more virtual.

But comfort does not necessarily equal contentedness. For businesses, collaborating and connecting via video is still far less effective than working in person. That's because most videoconferencing tools aren't made for collaboration; they're only made for conversation. If you want your business to thrive while working remotely, consider a powerful video engagement platform like Livestorm.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

This JavaScript DOM course bundle is on sale for just $30 this week
Making a website isn't as easy as it used to be. Twenty years ago, all you had to know was HTML, and that was probably good enough to get you started as a pro developer. These days, you need to know a little bit more. Actually, a lot more. And that's why we're offering The JavaScript DOM Game Developer Bundle, which is perhaps the most inexpensive way to get exposed to the most modern skills.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

Just $20 to learn how MySQL, API's, and forms fit into modern web development
The earliest websites were very simplistic. They passed along a bit of text-based information to the reader and, generally, that was it. Today, websites are dynamic portals of communication. And creating one is, by comparison, a complicated process, which means that developers not only need to know how to code but also how things like databases and servers fit into the mix.

The Modern Web Development and MySQL Programming Bundle gives students a taste of what it's like to design a website for right now. It includes five highly rated courses, facilitated by industry veteran Trevoir Williams, that introduce students to topics like PHP development, Microsoft SQL Servers, form creation, APIs, and more. And, since each course is beginner-friendly, virtually anyone can enroll, regardless of their current education or skill level.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

Data hoarding: The consequences go far beyond compliance risk
The chance that I'll ever use this information is next to zero, but I keep it around because, well, I can. The relentless decline in the cost of storage has made it cheaper to retain information than to throw it away. That plays well to the human propensity for keeping stuff around, a hoarding instinct that has made the US self-storage industry a $40 billion business.

Hoarding isn't such a good idea when it comes to data, however. If I were working for a corporation and some California residents I interviewed in 2006 exercised their legal right to be forgotten, my company could be on the hook for my pack-rat behavior.

"Human beings don't like to delete stuff," said Bill Tolson, vice president of global compliance and e-discovery, Archive360, a data migration, and management company.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 09, 2021

Hands on with Windows 11: First impressions
Disclosure: Microsoft and Dell are clients of the author.

Windows 11 is in early preview right now, and it is far from feature complete; this phase of the deployment is typically focused on assuring hardware and application compatibility. Most of my newest desktop machines won't yet run Windows 11 because they weren't configured with their 2.0 Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) turned on (an easy fix) or with Secure Boot enabled (a much more complicated fix).

I was, however, able to load the Windows 11 preview onto my Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra modular desktop successfully and without issues. If you decide to try out Windows 11, I suggest you load it overnight, as the upgrade takes several hours.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 08, 2021

Apple's design guide for inclusive technology is essential reading
Perhaps the biggest unsung highlight at WWDC 2021 was Apple's decision to publish a detailed guide to encourage developers to build inclusive applications.

We must be inclusive by design The company has always led the industry when it comes to accessibility, but its move to push developers toward building inclusive apps is truly significant, particularly given the global shift to support such values. The need to develop inclusive experiences underlines the important place apps now have as windows through which we explore our worlds.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 08, 2021

The best Android launchers for enhanced efficiency
Your smartphone's home screen is the heart and soul of your mobile tech experience — the launching pad for nearly everything you do on your device. And since you use Android, you've got a unique advantage over your iPhone-totin' associates in that your home screen doesn't have to be the same tired old grid everyone else is using. It certainly can be, if you want, but you also have the option to take complete control of that environment and turn it into a time-saving command center for your personal productivity needs.

We're not just talking about sprinkling a few exceptional widgets into the mix, either (a privilege the Apple faithful can now also enjoy). With Android, you can install a completely new home screen launcher that lets you incorporate all sorts of custom actions, interfaces, and shortcuts into your device's desktop — giving your phone a different look and feel and creating a system that's custom-tailored to the way you like to get things done. It can make a current phone infinitely more useful and make an old phone feel new again.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 07, 2021

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
On May 18, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 version 21H1, known as the May 2021 Update. But 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 twice-yearly feature updates 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 2004, 20H2, and 21H1. (Microsoft releases updates for those three 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
Jul 07, 2021

What to do if you receive a FaceTime link
Most business users will continue to use Zoom, Teams, and WebEx for video meetings, but once iOS 15 and macOS Monterey appear, it seems probable we'll see some meetings that use FaceTime. What does this mean and what do you do?

FaceTime's reach expands

"FaceTime calls also extend beyond Apple devices with the ability to create a link from iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and share it through Messages, Calendar, Mail, or third-party apps," the company said when announcing the improvement.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 07, 2021

BrandPost: Huawei supports the ICT and business requirements of Digital DEWA
The OptiXtrans DC908 has been essential. 

InfraX, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arm of the Digital Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), focuses on connecting customers with value-added services from its data centers and cloud services.

DEWA is the exclusive provider of electricity and water services to the residents of Dubai — the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — and Digital DEWA, the organization's digital arm, was set up in 2017 with the ambition of forging a new digital future for the city. As such, it has played a leading role in the adoption of digital technologies. Indeed, DEWA is the world's first digital utility, using autonomous systems for renewable energy, storage, expansion into the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital services.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2021

Apple releases first macOS ‘Monterey' public preview
Apple last week released the first public beta of this year's macOS upgrade, "Monterey."

Unlike in 2020, this time Apple met its self-imposed deadline, releasing the beta July 1. Last year, Apple declared it would issue a public beta for "Big Sur" in July but didn't come through until August.

To obtain the preview, Mac users must enroll with Apple's beta program — Apple ID required — then install the upgrade (using About this Mac Software Update from the Apple menu).

[ Further reading: 24 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know ] As usual, Apple warned customers against installing the Monterey beta on production Macs. "We strongly recommend installing beta software on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac," the firm said in a FAQ about the program. Apple also urged users to back up their Macs before installing the preview.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2021

Upgrading your PC's hardware for Windows 11
I'm both a cheap geek and a realistic one. There are some hardware upgrades that I will gladly do — upgrades such as ensuring that all hard drives in any computer I have are SSDs rather than IDE hard drives. Especially with Windows 10, it's a no-brainer: an SSD makes any wheezy computer snappier.

I've even upgraded a server to include a TPM module. Typically the hard part is finding the right part that you need and then finding a picture (or ideally a video) showing exactly where the TPM module is plugged into the motherboard.

But upgrading a processor?  That's where I draw the line. I have slathered on too much CPU thermal paste to feel comfortable in taking an existing processor out of a computer and upgrading it.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2021

Apple IT admins gain new tech support tool from Moysle
Apple's growing place in enterprise IT means solutions providers servicing that market segment are seeing fast growth.

Screen View for remote admin One of the larger MDM firms in the Apple/enterprise space, Mosyle, has introduced Screen View, a new feature to help IT admins provide highly secure support. This new feature lets IT use any device logged into Mosyle's Admin Portal to view the screen of any macOS, iOS, or iPadOS device managed by the organization. That's a useful trick when attempting to deliver tech support, advice, or training.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2021

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2019. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2019 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they're available. We're doing this for you, so you don't have to.

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

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

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2021

The real reason for Windows 11
I've been puzzling over the "why" of Windows 11 for a while now. I'm not the only one. As Computerworld's Preston Gralla wrote, the Windows 11 release news "was often flat-out wrong or misleading. It may well have been the most botched product announcement in Microsoft's long history."

Amen, brother! I've covered every Windows launch since Windows 95 rolled out in Atlanta and nothing else comes close. And, yes, I'm counting 95's Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates dance routine.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2021

30 free and cheap apps for Windows 10
Now that Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be replaced by Win11, it's a good moment to look again at some of the applications, tools and software that I (or someone I know) couldn't do without on a Windows 10 machine.

I'm a cheap geek. I'm willing to pay for software if that's what I have to do to keep myself from being the product that the software vendor is really selling, but I'm not willing to spend a lot. Every tool in this list is either cheap or free. And they all serve a specific purpose or make my life easier.

[ Further reading: How to handle Windows 10 updates ]

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2021

Handy Excel keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac
Excel's Ribbon is great for finding everything you might ever want to do in a spreadsheet, particularly things you don't do frequently, like managing and querying data connections or automatically grabbing geographic statistics from the internet and inserting them into cells.

But if you're looking to do things fast, you'll find keyboard shortcuts far more useful. Why bother to lift your hands from the keyboard if you want to open or close a file, apply formatting to cells, navigate through workbooks, undo and redo actions, calculate all worksheets in all open workbooks, and more? With keyboard shortcuts you won't have to.

There are keyboard shortcuts to accomplish a vast array of tasks in the Excel desktop client, in both the Windows and Mac versions. (Fewer shortcuts are available for the Mac, but you can create your own custom keyboard shortcuts if you like.)

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2021

US IT job growth continues — and has more than regained pandemic losses
The US IT industry has seen strong job growth so far in 2021, according to revised figures from the US Bureal of Labor Statistics (BLS) as reported in the latest figures from IT employment consultancy Janco Associates.

The BLS has adjusted its figures on job growth for all of 2021, bringing the total hires to 69,000 IT staffers through June. The agency had previously reported 47,700 jobs through May, a figure now revised upward to 57,100. June saw an addirtional 11,900 hires, and it's possible the BLS could revise its figures again in future reports.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 02, 2021

A fast, first look at macOS Monterey
Somewhere between Santa Cruz and Point Pinos sits Monterey Bay — first discovered by Europeans in 1542, still a home for sea otters, and also Apple's namesake for the next edition of the Mac operating system, macOS Monterey. The OS (not the bay) is now available for public beta testing, so here's a very quick first look.

The good: Unity is strength Apple continues work to bring its operating systems closer together, while respecting the essential differences unique to each of the platforms they drive. Catalyst, Apple Silicon, and a slew of user interface tweaks mean the leading features across both the Mac and iPad are almost identical: Shortcuts, Focus, Quick Note, SharePlay are banner features on both platforms. The growing list of similarities does nothing to erode the unique nature of each. Despite holding features in common, the Mac is still the Mac and the iPad is quite clearly still an iPad.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 02, 2021

You can't take it with you: Stop data exfiltration now
Amid reports that the US is facing its worst labor shortage in 50 years comes this shocker from Microsoft's 2021 Work Trend Index: 40% of global workers are considering leaving their employer this year. A record 4 million people quit their jobs in April alone seeking more money, flexibility, and happiness after doing some soul-searching during lockdowns, according to NPR.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 02, 2021

Dell's UltraSharp Webcam vs. the Poly Studio P15 — choosing the right webcam
Disclosure: Dell is a Client of the author.

Thanks to the pandemic, I've been getting an impressive number of cameras to review, most of which  are still lousy. My old go-to camera was the Logitech Brio 4K; many of my peers used it, it had great hardware — and some of the worst support I've ever seen from any company. I got frustrated with failures due to Logitech's abysmal support for AMD-based systems and no interest in ensuring the camera worked reliably.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 01, 2021

Podcast: Windows 11 arrives; what's new, how it compares to macOS
Microsoft announced its latest version of its Windows operating system, Windows 11, last Thursday. Some changes look similar to macOS, but others seem to hit directly at Apple and its closed ecosystem. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss Windows 11, what it means for the Mac and what changes users can expect.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 01, 2021

What's new in Shortcuts on macOS?
Apple introduced Shortcuts for Macs running macOS Monterey at WWDC 2021. The newest Mac operating system isn't available yet, but here's what you need to know about Shortcuts and how it may help you get things done once Monterey arrives.

How can I run a Shortcut on my Mac? Apple has built in Shortcuts across the system. When you use your Mac, you'll be able to run Shortcuts using the Menu bar icon, Spotlight, from within the Finder, through Siri, and using contextual menus. You can drag regularly used Shortcuts to your Dock to run them from there.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 01, 2021

Windows 11 servicing to deliver for enterprise
Microsoft on Monday outlined servicing changes it plans to make when it introduces Windows 11 later this year.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2021

On the future of work, Apple is in retrograde
Apple gets a lot of things right, but doesn't seem to want to get this: The company is refusing to embrace the new world of remote work in favor of its own somewhat inflexible hybrid working policy. Does it want to keep its employees?

Where has the puck been? Apple, above most companies, should know that there really is no point looking to where the puck has been; you have to head toward where it is going.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2021

A Clubhouse for the office? Slack unveils ‘Huddles' audio chat rooms
As businesses eye a return to the office, many are settling on a mixed approach to remote and in-office work. For those outside of the workplace, this creates challenges in re-creating serendipitous and ad-hoc interactions — the digital equivalent of a tap on a colleague's shoulder, or watercooler chat. 

With the launch today of Huddles — first discussed as a prototype last October — Slack hopes to lower the barrier to start conversations in its app with "audio-first" meetings reminiscent of Clubhouse, Discord and other voice-based tools.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2021

The Windows 11 rollout: Microsoft's most-botched announcement ever
When Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, it often powers up the hype machine and lets it rip. Just think back to Windows 95, when Microsoft paid the Rolling Stones $3 million to use "Start Me Up!" as the operating system's theme song, draped a 300-foot Windows banner over Toronto's CN Tower, and lit up the Empire State Building in red, yellow and green, the company's colors.

Total marketing launch price tag: $300 million, according to the Washington Post. (That's more than $500 million in today's dollars, taking inflation into account.)

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2021

Windows 11 Insider Previews: What's in the latest build?
In late June, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows 11 and is now releasing early preview builds to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Not everyone, though, will be able to participate in the Windows 11 Insider program, because the new operating system has more stringent system requirements than Windows 10.

As outlined in this Microsoft blog post, if your PC fails to meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you will not be able to join the Insider Dev or Beta Channels. You may instead join the Release Preview Channel for testing Windows 10 preview updates. (See our guide to Windows 10 Insider Preview builds for details about what each Insider channel means.)

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2021

How AI can make meetings smarter
If you watched Iron Man, you may remember JARVIS — Tony Stark's intelligent assistant. Machines as smart as that remain in the realm of science fiction, but I've identified several iOS-compatible tools that can put some real-world artificial intelligence (AI) inside your next meeting.

Meeting AI By rights, the pandemic should have inspired a rapid evolution in "Meeting AI." Cisco sees the space as a five-stage process, with voice control morphing to semantic understanding and predictive intelligence as the sector evolves.

Think of it this way: you might be in a hybrid meeting, featuring a mix of in-person and remote speakers. How might AI augment that environment?

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2021

The 3 words that could spell trouble for Android apps on Windows
Holy hell freezing over, Batman! Worlds are colliding and wild things are happening here in the land o' Googley tech, but before you get your knickers in a knot with excitement, there's a quick reality check we need to consider.

Let me back up a second, for anyone who isn't magically inside my brain and aware of what I'm thinking. Microsoft caught us all by surprise last week when it revealed that the upcoming Windows 11 operating system would support — drumroll, please — Android apps. Yes, Android apps on Windows. Who woulda thunk?

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2021

The 3 words that could spell trouble for Android apps on Windows 11
Holy hell freezing over, Batman! Worlds are colliding and wild things are happening here in the land o' Googley tech, but before you get your knickers in a knot with excitement, there's a quick reality check we need to consider.

Let me back up a second, for anyone who isn't magically inside my brain and aware of what I'm thinking. Microsoft caught us all by surprise last week when it revealed that the upcoming Windows 11 operating system would support — drumroll, please — Android apps. Yes, Android apps on Windows. Who woulda thunk?

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2021

Should your business upgrade to Windows 11?
If you watched—or tried to watch—Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay's intro for Windows 11, "What's Next for Windows," on June 24, you knew this wasn't going well from minute one. The streaming was abysmal, a presentation flop that was no way to introduce what's really just a facelift for Windows 10.

Of course, Microsoft officials said Windows 11 will be the most secure Windows version ever. But how many times do they have to repeat this bogus claim? I think the first time I heard it was with Windows 1.02 in 1986, which only shipped in Europe. Why not Windows 1.01? It couldn't have been Windows 1.01, because Windows 1.0 never actually made it to market because of—shocker!—bugs. 

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2021

Why worry with Windows 11 when you've got Chromebooks (and Chrome OS)?
I've been preaching the benefits of Chromebooks over Windows since the first commercial Chromebook, the Samsung Series 5, rolled off the production line in June 2011 — 10 years ago. But it's only been in recent months that Chromebook sales numbers have shown that others are getting on board. With Microsoft last week announcing Windows 11, I wonder if the execs have also seen those numbers and decided it was time to rush out a new Windows desktop ahead of Microsoft's Azure-based Cloud PC.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 28, 2021

Why would you want a giant iPad?
Apple is apparently considering the introduction of iPads with larger screens in a couple of years. But who are these for and is there any point to doing so unless it makes big improvements to the user interface?

Who needs a bigger iPad? There are some groups who might want a larger-screened iPad running the current version of iPadOS. Graphic designers and architects might crave the additional space for design using Apple Pencil; statistical analysis could become a little easier; photographers, videographers, and music editors using iPads in their workflow might see some benefits. And, of course, a giant iPad would deliver a good experience when playing games.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 28, 2021

Windows 11: The long migration
The beta testing of Windows 11 will be starting soon and its release reminds me a lot of the transition from Windows XP to Vista. Or Vista to Windows 7. We've been living in a world where approximately 75% of computers are on Windows 10 with most of the others running Windows 7. Soon, we'll be in a  world where most PCs will be running an operating system (Windows 10) that will be still getting serviced until at least 2025.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 28, 2021

Review: 6 top videoconferencing services put to the test
Fifteen months after the US and Europe went into lockdown for the first time, many office-based employees have still not returned to their pre-pandemic workplaces. During that time, videoconferencing apps have continued to see an unprecedented — and unsurprising — level of popularity. And as conversations about what the workplace of the future might look like gather steam, organizations are increasingly looking to firm up their collaboration technology stack to support a shift to hybrid work.

Since we first reviewed the major videoconferencing platforms last year, Zoom has posted its 2021 first quarter total revenue at $956.2 million, up 191% year over year; Microsoft Teams has 145 million daily active users, up from 75 million last year; and Cisco Webex has rolled out more than 400 new capabilities since September.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 25, 2021

12 hidden Pixel phone superpowers
One of the best parts of using a Pixel is the way tasty little specks of Google intelligence get sprinkled all throughout the experience. Those small but significant morsels show off the value of having Google's greatest ingredients integrated right into your phone's operating system, without any competing forces or awkwardly conflicting priorities at play.

And Goog almighty, does that make a world of difference. The features in question may not always be the most eye-catching or marketing-friendly advantages, but they're incredibly practical touches that can make your life easier in some pretty powerful ways.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 25, 2021

Microsoft hits Apple with Windows 11
Do you recall the olden days when Microsoft staggered under the weight of regulatory oversight and Apple put in motion its miraculous come-back story? History may be about to repeat itself the other way round.

Microsoft smashes Apple with Windows 11 Computerworld readers will know Microsoft at last announced Windows 11 on Thursday. While doing so, \ CEO Satya Nadella took a moment to smash a few windows in Apple's direction: "Today the world needs a more open platform, one that allows apps to become platforms in their own right," he said.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 25, 2021

What enterprise needs to know about Windows 11
So much for that promise.

You know, the one Microsoft made six years ago when it told customers that Windows 10 was "the last version of Windows" they'd see.

Instead, Windows 10 will end — also as promised by Microsoft, hence our confusion over the contradictory claims — in late 2025, its 10-year lifecycle the same as its OS antecedents, replaced by the next-in-line numeral and numeric label. Hail Windows 11.

[ Related: Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps ] Windows is dead. Long live Windows. Or put another way, same as it ever was.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 25, 2021

Don't make yourself a social media target
Ralph Northam and Alexi McCammond are two people at the center of similar stories that turned out very differently.

Northam, the Virginia governor, was nearly forced from office two years ago after a photo from a 1984 medical school yearbook appeared on social media that showed him allegedly dressed in black face and standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan costume. Northam, who has questioned whether it was him in the photo, was widely vilified and called upon to resign. He persevered, though, holding numerous listening sessions with Black leaders and pledging to be a leader in the fight for racial equality.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 25, 2021

Does Webex Legislate point to video-based collaboration's future?
Disclosure: Most of the companies mentioned are clients of the author.

The videoconferencing industry tends to go through 10-year cycles; companies jump in, spend a ton of money, and then exit the market disappointed. This, however, is the first time that cycle happened during a pandemic, forcing a level of development that pushed players like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Webex to quickly evolve.

All three offerings look vastly different than before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in 2020. 

[ Related: When work-from-home means the boss is watching ] This week, Cisco showcased its Webex Legislate offering for Darva (one of its partners) and how it is safely streamlining remote government conclaves and voting. (This government-focused Webex variant, unveiled last October, is also being used by an increasing number of corporate boards for the same reason.) It shows promise for any group that requires debate followed by voting — including councils, clubs, activist organizations, and stockholder meetings. 

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2021

PODCAST: iPhone 13 rumors and leaks, plus Apple argues against sideloading apps
Rumors are swirling about the upcoming iPhone 13, from potential launch date to new features. And as lawmakers push for stronger tech regulations, Apple argues in a whitepaper that sideloading apps poses a security risk. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss Apple's position against sideloading iPhone apps, when to expect the iPhone 13 announcement and how it will differ from previous iPhones.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2021

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

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

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2021

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

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

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

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2021

A neat new trick to try with Gboard on Android
Typing tricks are among my favorite tricks to try, especially when it comes to the spectacular Gboard keyboard on Android. And today, my fellow efficiency-obsessed earthling, have I ever got an interesting little discovery for you.

Whilst randomly caressing Gboard on my Android phone the other day (as one does), I happened to stumble onto a handy possibility I never knew existed and have never heard anyone else mention. It's one of those hidden advanced shortcuts Google loves sneaking into its products (especially Gboard!), and good golly, do I ever enjoy unearthing 'em.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2021

Apple previews Safari 15 on Big Sur, no macOS beta necessary
Regular as clockwork, Apple will launch the lone Safari upgrade for the year this fall when it rolls out its new version of macOS, aka "Monterey."

Mac users can now get a jump on that timeline by grabbing a copy of the preview Apple just made available for Safari 15, which runs on the still-current operating system, "Big Sur."

[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ] While the makers of the other browsers that dominate the web release upgrades every few weeks — Google and Microsoft will begin that tempo this fall with their Chrome and Edge browsers, while Mozilla's Firefox already hews to that schedule — Apple takes its time. Really takes its time. That means Apple packs more new into its annual Safari upgrade than Google, Microsoft or Mozilla does into half a dozen updates.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2021

The best progressive web apps for productivity
Say the phrase "progressive web app" to most people — including tech-savvy professionals — and you're bound to be met with a consistent reaction: the classic blank stare, probably followed by a period of awkward silence.

Progressive web apps  — or PWAs, as they're often called — are one of the most promising app-related advancements of the past several years, but they're still relatively uncommon, completely confusing, and consequently quite misunderstood. Part of that is an issue of branding: Plain and simple, "progressive web app" is a dreadfully clunky name that seems more intended for developers than the general public.

Part of it is consistency, as the capabilities of PWAs vary wildly from one program to the next. And part of it is presentation, as the method for finding and installing PWAs is anything but obvious, and there's no great centralized storefront for browsing through available options or assessing their quality.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 23, 2021

BrandPost: Leveraging HPDA to deliver new levels of data-driven innovation
High-performance computing (HPC) is one of the areas in IT that is expected to grow rapidly in the years to come. A report from analyst firm Grand View Research suggests that demand for the technology will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% per year through 2027.

The underlying reasons are quite simple; the ongoing evolution of various industry sectors towards digitalization, AI, IoT, and other heavy data-driven applications fuels the growing need for increased computational power and the ability to calculate complex algorithms. As the Grand View Research argues, "The ability of HPC systems to process large volumes of data at higher speeds is prompting government agencies, defence agencies, academic institutions, energy companies, and utilities to adopt HPC systems, which also bodes well for the growth of the HPC market."

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ComputerWorld
Jun 23, 2021

Apple: Sideloading apps will undermine iOS security
Following CEO Tim Cook's statements on security at a recent conference, Apple has come out fighting to protect the security of its App Store distribution model, publishing a white paper that argues enforced side-loading of apps would make the platform — and its users — far less secure.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 23, 2021

Back to the '90s: Boutique browser Vivaldi now offers its own Internet suite
What goes around comes around. In fact, the 1990s called and want their browser suite back.

Vivaldi, one of the boutique browsers that fight for scraps left on the floor by Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge, has turned to a strategy reminiscent of Netscape Navigator, the world's first dominant web browser.

Vivaldi 4.0, which launched earlier this month, added an email client, calendar, and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader to the already-available browser, creating the 21st century version of Netscape Communicator, an all-in-one kitchen sink released in 1997. That collection ranged from the browser and email client (Netscape Messenger) to calendar and an HTML editor (Netscape Composer).

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2021

Apple's Focus: What does it do and how does it work?
Apple introduced Focus at this year's WWDC. This is likely to be a quite useful tool for any iPhone, iPad, or Mac user attempting to get things done, or trying to put some space between work and personal life.

What is Focus? Focus is a nuanced version of Apple's existing Do Not Disturb tool. It combines the ability to block out unwanted interruptions with contextual awareness and granular controls in a way that Apple hopes will help users remain focused on the tasks at hand.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2021

12 hidden Pixel superpowers
One of the best parts of using a Pixel is the way tasty little specks of Google intelligence get sprinkled all throughout the experience. Those small but significant morsels show off the value of having Google's greatest ingredients integrated right into your phone's operating system, without any competing forces or awkwardly conflicting priorities at play.

And Goog almighty, does that make a world of difference. The features in question may not always be the most eye-catching or marketing-friendly advantages, but they're incredibly practical touches that can make your life easier in some pretty powerful ways.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2021

How to find and keep happy workers
There are now more job openings in the US than in the last 20 years. At the same time, millions of Americans are looking for jobs, and the unemployment rate stands at 5.8%. That's better than it was during the pandemic's darkest times, but it's not great. Many businesses are cutting back their open hours.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2021

Before we get Windows 11, can Microsoft fix Windows 10?
Microsoft on Thursday is set to discuss the future of the Windows desktop. (Get ready for Windows 11.) Before that happens, I'd like to provide Microsoft with some unrequested feedback from an IT admin perspective on what still needs to be fixed in Windows 10.

First, can we have a normal human readable Windowsupdate.log — please? Originally,m we were told the log file was changed to a PowerShell convertible event log to save space on the hard drive. But given the bloating of the WinSXS folder in Windows 10, that justification seems a bit hollow. In the meantime, when you use the PowerShell command Get-WindowsUpdateLog cmdlet, the resulting event log is difficult to parse and understand. Microsoft? Bring back a plain text event log.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2021

Microsoft pushes Fluid to boost productivity in Teams, Outlook, and OneNote
Microsoft will expand the use of its Fluid components to a wider range of productivity and collaboration tools, including Outlook, OneNote, and Whiteboard — part of the company's ongoing effort to change how people interact with documents.

Fluid components - heralded by Microsoft as "atomic units of productivity" when they were  launched two years ago - are small apps such as tables, charts, and lists that can be inserted into different Microsoft 365 tools and updated by multiple users in real-time.  

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2021

Apple's SharePlay vision: Too little, too late?
Apple has made several attempts that nod in the same direction as its new SharePlay service, announced at WWDC 2021. Looking back, you'll see that Apple has made attempts in what became the social media space, with Ping the most widely known failure.

Of course, Apple's failures in social media now look like success, given the corrosive impact some services have had. "Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," Apple CEO Tim Cook has said.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2021

‘Chrome OS' on any device: Deploying CloudReady in the enterprise
Whether you've been transitioning applications to the cloud over the years or were forced there quickly in 2020, you might be considering deploying Chromebooks to your users. Their lower cost is especially attractive if you're trying to provide devices for a boom in remote workers.To read this article in full, please click here

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