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23/09 23u15  Podcast: Folding phones: The future of mobile? Bootcut jeans, butterfly clips and... flip phones? Y2K trends are back in a big way, and that includes Motorola Razr nostalgia. But of course, in 2021, the technology of yesteryear has gotten a huge makeover. Microsoft's recently announced Surface Duo 2 is the latest folding smartphone on the market. It joins a handful of other foldable phones from companies including Samsung, Huawei and, yes, even Motorola. Sure, these new folding phones are cool and gimmicky, but are they here to stay? Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss how folding phones like the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 shape the future of mobile.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 19u15  Android's underappreciated upgrade advantage Well, gang, it's that time of year again — time when a magical and revolutionary new iOS update is making its way into the world and everyone's talking about how Android's software upgrade standard is an embarrassment in comparison.Now, look, you know me: I'm not gonna beat around the bush and tell you that the Android upgrade system is optimal — or even anything close to free from flaws. My annual Android Upgrade Report Card strips the situation of its velvety bathrobe and lays bare the cold, sobering truth, even when certain Android device-makers fight nail and tooth to convince us everything's peachy.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 16u15  Jamf survey: Employees will quit for platform choice If your employees want to use iPhones and Macs, you really should let them. That’s the main message today coming from a Vanson Bourne survey commissioned by Jamf.Employee choice remains an HR issue The international survey asked 2,000 employees and 500 IT decision-makers how they felt about employee choice and the future of work. It found that as many as nine in 10 employees (89%) would take a pay cut to use their choice of device – and suggests that for many, the desire to have that choice may prompt them to seek work elsewhere.Staff retention post-pandemic is critical. Microsoft recently warned that more than 40% of employees are considering leaving their jobs. In this context, anything that makes it easier to recruit or keep good people should be a key consideration. The Vanson Bourne data suggests choice schemes may help.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 14u15  How Windows 10 ends up a lot like Windows 7 Windows 10, originally pitched as a revolutionary break from Windows' past in how it was serviced, may well end its career in the next few years as a Windows 7 act-alike.Yes, Windows 7 — the spitting image of 'tradition' in Redmond's history of operating systems.Enter Windows 11 The catalyst for the change to Windows 10 is its successor, Windows 11, slated to debut Oct. 5. Windows 11, which will have its own tweaked servicing model — one feature upgrade annually with 36 months of support due those running the Enterprise or Education SKUs — will replace the older Windows 10 as the repository of the new.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 00u15  What the iPhone 13 and iPad mini mean for the enterprise Apple’s 77-minute iPhone 13 event wasn’t the longest such launch in recent memory – the iPhone 7 reveal  took 119 minutes. But the company’s executives still had quite a lot to get through on Tuesday. Here's what should matter most to enterprise users.We all want the same things To be fair, the division between enterprise and consumer expectations for technology continues to erode: Workers want to use the same tools at work as they do at home – and these days most employers feel the same way. Software and hardware are expected to put users first and provide well thought-through user interfaces that reduce, rather than increase, user friction.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 00u15  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.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 00u15  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.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 00u15  Apple hits the alarm with multi-OS emergency update to patch zero-click flaw Apple on Monday issued emergency security updates for iOS, macOS and its other operating systems to plug a hole that Canadian researchers claimed had been planted on a Saudi political activist's device by NSO Group, an Israeli seller of spyware and surveillance software to governments and their security agencies.Updates to patch the under-active-exploit vulnerability were released for iOS 14; macOS 11 and 10, aka Big Sur and Catalina, respectively; iPad OS 14; and watchOS 7.According to Apple, the vulnerability can be exploited by 'processing a maliciously crafted PDF,' which 'may lead to arbitrary code execution.' The phrase 'arbitrary code execution' is Apple's way of saying that the bug was of the most serious nature; Apple does not rank threat level of vulnerabilities, unlike operating system rivals such as Microsoft and Google.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 00u15  Apple’s big reveal — the iPhone 13 — seems lucky for most At its big September event Tuesday, Apple showed us how powerful chips boosted by software and hardware integration and bespoke machine intelligence can deliver real value to every user.What Apple introduced The company seemingly confirmed all the pre-event rumors, introducing iPhones with all-day battery life, accompanied by an unexpected star in the form of an A15-powered iPad mini powerful enough to use for any mobile productivity task.To read this article in full, please click here
23/09 00u15  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.To read this article in full, please click here
22/09 21u15  20+ iOS 15 changes that help you get things done Nearly 100 million of the world’s 1 billion iPhone users have already installed iOS 15, according to Mixpanel. Here are 20 of the most obscure or exciting features those who have chosen to install Apple’s new mobile OS can now access.Easier upgrades Every enterprise user will benefit when upgrading their iPhone to iOS 15, which provides unlimited iCloud storage for up to three weeks when setting up a new device. Open Settings>General>Transfer or Reset iPhone to use this. Enterprise users also benefit from Apple’s all-new declarative management MDM system.To read this article in full, please click here
22/09 13u15  MSRT vs. MSERT: When to use each Windows malware tool Microsoft provides Windows users with two tools that offer malware scanning and repair services, should those scans turn up anything in need of fixing. One is named MSRT; the other runs an executable called MSERT.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
22/09 00u15  Salesforce broadens Slack integrations across Customer360 apps Salesforce unveiled the latest steps in its plan to connect Slack’s team collaboration platform with its Customer360 product suite on Tuesday, as it seeks to create a “digital HQ” for customers.Salesforce bought Slack for $27.7 billion last year to provide a collaborative layer around its various apps;  the acquisition officially closed two months ago. The company unveiled an initial set of integrations last month, promising new ways to access Salesforce Sales, Service, and Marketing Clouds from the team collaboration app, as well analytics tool Tableau.To read this article in full, please click here
22/09 00u15  3 new time-saving Assistant tricks to try on Android Attention, my fellow Android-owning hominids: Your favorite virtual assistant is learning a few new skills.Google Assistant is in the midst of getting some significant upgrades on Android — small-seeming features that could have a supersized impact on your workday efficiency. They're exactly the types of productivity-boosting tidbits I love to uncover on Android, as they'll make your phone instantly smarter and your life immediately easier.So what's the catch, you might be wondering? Well, my curious comrade, there's just one — and it's deliciously easy to overcome: These new Assistant abilities are arriving mostly unannounced. (A familiar-feeling tale at this point, wouldn't ya say?) They oughta be available on any reasonably recent Android phone by now, though. It's just up to you to find 'em and then figure out how they fit into your personal productivity picture.To read this article in full, please click here
22/09 00u15  Zoom talks up a video-centric workplace Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, and the necessary uptake in video collaboration, Zoom has become the go-to video answer for a lot of companies. At this week's Zoomtopia event, the company spelled out how it plans build on its recent success, unveiling a slew of new products, capabilities, and updates designed to further solidify its customer base.Video in the contact center? The 10-year-old company highlighted what it sees as its biggest push: the launch of a cloud-based video contact center in 2022 that “will connect organizations with their customers in new ways,' according to Heidi Elmore, head of UCaaS at Zoom.To read this article in full, please click here
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22/09 00u15  Don’t fight the COVID-19 vaccine mandateWhen President Joe Biden issued an executive order for a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors—and a requirement that all businesses with 100 or more workers either mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees—I was all in favor of it. I’ve seen how quickly unvaccinated people can spread COVID-19.Haywood County, N.C., the county next to my Buncombe County, just ran out of ICU beds. We’ve gone from six people dying in July to 51 dead in August. In fact, the western N.C. Mission Health Hospital Center, the region’s largest hospital system, has had to turn patients away. One COVID-19 patient died in the parking lot.To read this article in full, please click here
21/09 21u15  What is iCloud+ (and why should you use it)?If you received an Apple email letting you know you’ve been upgraded to iCloud+ at no additional charge, you’re not alone. So, what is iCloud+? What do you get, and why should you use it?What is iCloud+? Announced at WWDC 2021, iCloud+ is a suite of additional services designed to supplement the existing features of Apple’s online iCloud service. Despite its name, it doesn’t cost any more than before but is only available to those on paid plans. The free 5GB tier doesn’t get these additional features. The upgraded service adds useful security enhancements, including iCloud Private Relay (still in beta), Hide My email, and improved support for HomeKit Secure Video.To read this article in full, please click here
21/09 17u15  Slack begins rolling out video and audio message ‘clips’Slack is rolling out a video and audio messaging tool that lets workers send short recordings to colleagues instead of scheduling lengthy meetings — another example of the growing trend toward 'asynchronous' communications.Users create short recordings — “clips” — they can send via direct messages or into channels to be accessed by colleagues whenever it's convenient. Recipients can then respond in whatever format suits them best, be it video, audio or text.[ Related: Next-gen digital whiteboards: 7 shared canvas apps for visual collaboration ] The clips, which are live-captioned, can be slowed down or sped up as desired when they're accessed. And the text from automatically generated transcriptions of video and audio is also searchable within Slack’s app.To read this article in full, please click here
21/09 14u15  My boss, the algorithmIt wasn’t so long ago that Uber started a revolution in work: managing workers—or is it freelancers?—via an algorithm-driven app. The gig economy was born. Its promise was to save consumers money and enable anyone with a car to earn quick, easy cash. And, of course, to make Uber’s founders and investors rich.That was then. We know better now.Oh, the model is more popular than ever. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, food delivery services exploded: 60% of US consumers now order delivery or takeout once per week from DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub-Seamless, or their minor competitors. There’s only one little problem. All those gig economy promises turned out to be lies—an important lesson for smaller firms that might be tempted to try to mimic all that “success.”To read this article in full, please click here
21/09 01u15  Microsoft releases new perpetual Office for enterpriseMicrosoft last week announced the availability of the next edition of perpetual-license Office for commercial and government customers.Dubbed 'Office LTSC 2021,' as in 'Long-term Support Channel,' the new Office suite was built as a subset of the feature catalog of Office 365 (and its more expensive, expansive sibling, Microsoft 365) that, once released, will live unchanged until it exhausts support.'Keep in mind that Office LTSC 2021 includes only some, but not all, features that are available in versions of Office that come with a Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) plan,' Microsoft warned in a support document. 'Office LTSC 2021 won't receive any new features now that it has been released.'To read this article in full, please click here
21/09 00u15  Apple's App Store payments loss isn't Epic enoughThe first 185-page Apple-v-Epic judgment didn’t please anybody when it arrived on Friday. Apple will be required to permit people to pay for apps and in-app purchases using third party payment services that  developers will be entitled to link to.Epic is appealing the decision, but it's interesting that while it sued Apple and Google over the 30% fee, it has not started litigation against Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony — all three of which charge the same fee at their online stores.To read this article in full, please click here
21/09 00u15  As the hybrid workplace emerges, Microsoft and Google beef up video toolsAs businesses work to reopen office buildings, not all employees are keen on a return to the pre-pandemic status quo — forcing companies to adopt a “hybrid” approach to remote work. With some employees in the office, and others still at home, collaboration application and hardware vendors are now looking to support both in-office and remote workers.[ Related: Next-gen digital whiteboards: 7 shared canvas apps for visual collaboration ] With that in mind, Microsoft and Google both touted updates last week designed to connect workers more effectively, regardless of location.To read this article in full, please click here
20/09 20u15  A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a messAs a Microsoft Patch Lady, I’ve been patching computers and servers for more than 20 years. We started with a process that wasn’t well planned. We had no set day or time for when patches were released, and no way to centrally manage and deploy updates. Over the years Microsoft has moved to a more dependable deployment plan and the ability to manage updates through platforms ranging from Windows Update to Windows Software Update Services to Cloud services.So things should be better now, right? We’ve had 20 years to get this right.And yet, here’s what I’ve seen regarding patching in just the last week.We are now on three months and counting of continuing issues with printing caused by patches. (This month included yet another fix for another print spooler vulnerability.) I’ve seen businesses dealing with new side effects directly impacting printing and, interestingly enough, these are businesses that didn’t have problems with earlier updates. This month, Windows 10 peer-to-peer networks appear to be the most affected. (FYI: The trigger for all of these printer issues seems to be older Type 3 printer drivers. Moving to type 4 drivers might help if that’s an option for you.)To read this article in full, please click here
20/09 18u15  What’s not coming (yet) in iOS 15/iPadOS 15Apple ships the latest iteration of its operating systems for iPads and iPhones today, but some (though not all) of the most enterprise-friendly features won’t be ready on day one.What you get with iOS 15/iPadOS 15 Despite the extent of this list, you will still be gaining a slew of new features when you do upgrade your operating system(s). Focus, for example, will help you keep your head down to get things done, while the new design of Safari at present seems like great news to anyone else creating browsers for iOS. Maps gives new views, including 3D views, and you’ll get much better sound during FaceTime calls. Photos gets much better at identifying and sharing memories selected from your collection. Live Text, a slew of privacy protecting features, and excellent improvements to Contacts, Notes and Reminders — including support for tags — should give most iPhone and iPad users plenty of useful new tools.To read this article in full, please click here
20/09 15u15  How Apple is changing MDM in iOS 15One of the biggest enterprise additions to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is a significant change to Apple’s MDM (mobile device management) protocol. Earlier MDM changes primarily focused on adding new management, security, or deployment features, extending what MDM could enforce. Declarative management, introduced at the company’s developer conference in June, is the first change that modifies the protocol itself.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
19/09 00u15  Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build?Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows 11 in late June and is now releasing preview builds to some members of its Windows Insider program. The new operating system is scheduled to begin rolling out on October 5.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 Channel is currently receiving previews for the initial Windows 11 release, while the Dev Channel is testing potential features for Windows 11 updates beyond the initial October 5 release. As of Sept. 9, commercial PCs in the Release Preview Channel can receive the commercial preview of the Oct. 5 Windows 11 release. (The Release Preview Channel is also receiving builds for the next Windows 10 feature update.)To read this article in full, please click here
18/09 00u15  Facebook smart glasses and some lessons for AppleOn the road to AR, Facebook snagged some attention this week with the arrival of its first smart glasses. As Apple inches toward the introduction of its own augmented spectacles, are there lessons here about what these things do and how they should work?What Facebook's glasses do First, let’s take a glance at Facebook’s smart glasses. They offer a pair of cameras to take photos and videos, boast a microphone and a speaker, and are controlled using a voice assistant.To read this article in full, please click here
18/09 00u15  Better marketing with fewer cookiesYou’ve probably had this experience: You go online to research a purchase—like a riding lawnmower—and click around some manufacturer and retail sites. Within an hour, ads for riding lawnmowers start turning up on every website and mobile app you use. The blitz continues for days.John Bruno can relate. The vice president of commerce strategy at e-commerce technology firm PROS remembers that when he went shopping for an engagement ring a few years ago, “I had to hide every device I own,” so a wayward ad wouldn’t tip off his wife-to-be.This little bit of creepiness is brought to you by cookies, those little unassuming files buried so deep in the guts of our computers that most people wouldn’t even know where to find them. Web servers know where to look, though, and the information contained within them is what enables advertisers to follow you around like a stalker.To read this article in full, please click here
18/09 00u15  Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses look to the futureDisclosure:  Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.This week’s Lenovo Tech World 2021 offered up one of the more exciting product announcements of late: the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses. Though they had been previewed earlier this year at CES, this was their more formal coming-out party. The Lenovo smart glasses are available in parts of North America, Europe, and Asia, according to the company, with the ThinkReality A3 PC Edition priced at $1,499. The Industrial Edition, which is sold to enterprises, is available in a variety of bundles that include the A3 glasses. Pricing for the Industrial Edition is available here.To read this article in full, please click here
18/09 00u15  Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligenceGoogle's Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental 'browser in a box,' to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google's once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world's most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.I've been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who's studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 23u15  Legacy apps are at risk with the September Patch Tuesday updateThis week's Patch Tuesday was an unusual update from Microsoft and we have added Windows, the Microsoft development platform, and Adobe Reader to our 'Patch Now' schedule. These updates are driven by the zero-day patch (CVE-2021-40444) to the core Microsoft browser library MSHTML. In addition to leading to significant remote code execution worries, this update may also lead to unexpected behaviours in legacy applications that depend on or include this browser component. Be sure to assess your portfolio for key apps that have these dependencies and perform a full functionality test before deployment. (We have identified some key mitigation strategies for handling ActiveX controls and for protecting your system during your testing and deployment phases.)To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 23u15  Great R packages for data import, wrangling, and visualizationThe table below shows my favorite go-to R packages for data import, wrangling, visualization and analysis -- plus a few miscellaneous tasks tossed in. The package names in the table are clickable if you want more information. To find out more about a package once you've installed it, type help(package = 'packagename') in your R console (of course substituting the actual package name ).My favorite R packages for data visualization and munging - Package Category Description Sample Use Author dplyr data wrangling, data analysis The essential data-munging R package when working with data frames. Especially useful for operating on data by categories. CRAN. See the intro vignette Hadley Wickham purrr data wrangling purrr makes it easy to apply a function to each item in a list and return results in the format of your choice. It's more complex to learn than the older plyr package, but also more robust. And, its functions are more standardized than base R's apply family -- plus it's got functions for tasks like error-checking. CRAN. map_df(mylist, myfunction)More: Charlotte Wickham's purr tutorial video, the purrr cheat sheet PDF download, easy error checking with purrr's possibly. Hadley Wickham readxl data import Fast way to read Excel files in R, without dependencies such as Java. CRAN. read_excel('my-spreadsheet.xls', sheet = 1) Hadley Wickham readr and vroom data import Base R handles most of these functions; but if you have huge files, these packages offer faster and standardized way to read CSVs and similar files into R. readr has been around for awhile; vroom is a speedier alternative, useful for larger data sets. Eventually the packages may merge. data.table's fread() is another useful alternative. CRAN. read_csv(myfile.csv) or vroom(myfile.csv) Hadley Wickham (readr), Jim Hester (vroom) rio data import, data export rio has a good idea: Pull a lot of separate data-reading packages into one, so you just need to remember 2 functions: import and export. CRAN. import('myfile') Thomas J. Leeper & others tidyxl data import, data wrangling If you've ever wanted to tear your hair out over an Excel file with merged cells, data in column headers, headers mixed in data, and key information in color coding, this is the package for you. Each cell is imported in its own row, with information about data type, position, and color, not just value, allowing you to reshape the data from there. Super time saver for messy data. CRAN. xlsx_cells('my_nightmare_file.xlsx') Duncan Garmonsway Hmisc data analysis There are a number of useful functions in here. Two of my favorites: describe, a more robust summary function, and Cs, which creates a vector of quoted character strings from unquoted comma-separated text. Cs(so, it, goes) creates c('so', 'it', 'goes'). CRAN. describe(mydf)Cs(so, it, goes) Frank E Harrell Jr & others datapasta data import Data copy and paste: Meet reproducible research. If you've copied data from the Web, a spreadsheet, or other source into your clipboard, datapasta lets you paste it into R as an R object, with the code to reproduce it. It includes RStudio add-ins as well as command-line functions for transposing data, turning it into markdown format, and more. CRAN. df_paste() to create a data frame, vector_paste() to create a vector. Miles McBain sqldf data wrangling, data analysis Do you know a great SQL query you'd use if your R data frame were in a SQL database? Run SQL queries on your data frame with sqldf. CRAN. sqldf('select * from mydf where mycol > 4') G. Grothendieck jsonlite data import, data wrangling Parse json within R or turn R data frames into json. CRAN. myjson
17/09 21u15  Should the brilliant new iPad mini go Pro?I imagine the A15 processor inside the iPad mini may deliver similar performance to what it can achieve inside the smaller iPhone. We don’t have the benchmark data to prove this assumption yet, but it's possible — assuming Apple hasn’t downclocked the chip.To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 21u15  Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualizationThe table below shows my favorite go-to R packages for data import, wrangling, visualization and analysis -- plus a few miscellaneous tasks tossed in. The package names in the table are clickable if you want more information. To find out more about a package once you've installed it, type help(package = 'packagename') in your R console (of course substituting the actual package name ). To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 16u15  Biggest tech IPOs of 2021The 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.To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 16u15  Best-loved productivity tools of the rich and famousWhat’s that one productivity tool you simply couldn’t live without? For me, it’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the voice recognition package that, despite its many quirks and frustrations, has saved me countless hours of keyboard time over the past 15 years.This week I set out to find a NaturallySpeaking equivalent for other business professionals. I posted a simple question on Twitter and the sourcing site Qwoted: “What’s the one digital productivity tool you would take if you had to be marooned on a desert island (presumably with internet access)?” I got way more responses than I could handle.To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 14u15  The problem with the Poly Studio E70 and X70I got a briefing this week on the impressive Poly E70 conference room camera and X70 (with built-in speakers). They are impressive pieces of hardware, but they only work with Zoom at the moment (though Teams certification is coming). And that lack of interoperability between conferencing platforms continues to make every device in this class a far riskier buy than they should be. In the context of this Poly announcement, let’s explore why conferencing services providers don’t understand what networking and telecom companies figured out more than three decades ago. In short: this stuff has to be able to interoperate. To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 14u15  The rise of tablets: Why we don't need laptops or phones anymoreThe tablet is a provocative beast.Make a big one, and people argue over whether it could replace a laptop. Make a small one, and some users want it to be a giant phone. These conversations have repeated themselves since then-CEO Steve Jobs announced Apple’s ground-breaking iPad in 2010.It was a pointless conversation at the time. Only the most dedicated tech nerds with specific kinds of work could even contemplate a stunt like replacing a phone or laptop with a tablet. Despite all the talk, few even attempted it.Neither the world, nor the tablets, were ready — so the iPad and other tablets were relegated to lean-back, content-consumption device status.To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 00u15  Podcast: iPhone 13 announcement: What to expect at Apple's September 14 eventApple's next event, titled 'California Streaming,' will occur on Tuesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. PT. It's expected that Apple will announce the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and new set of AirPods. Potential new iPhone features include the ability to photograph stars at night, an always-on display and portrait mode videos. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what rumored devices, software and features will be announced at the event. If you have any questions about Apple's September event, let us know in the comments. We'll respond during the live broadcast. To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 00u15  A business user's guide to Apple’s upgrade seasonWe’ve hit that time of year when enterprise IT prepares to support teams as they upgrade all their Apple operating systems across smartphones, tablets, and Macs.The need for a stress-free upgrade process is accompanied by refreshed demand for hardware upgrades, as new models of iPhones, iPads, the Apple Watch, and Macs appear. Are your employees prepared for the season? Is IT?When do the new operating systems ship? Apple will introduce its new iPhone 13 at a special event on Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). The new devices will likely be available for pre-order three days later, on Sept. 17, with the hardware expected to ship and arrive in retail stores on Sept. 24.To read this article in full, please click here
17/09 00u15  Microsoft OneDrive cheat sheetMicrosoft’s cloud storage, OneDrive, can back up your files online. It’s built into Windows 10. With it you can sync files on your Windows 10 PC to the cloud and to your other Windows PCs, your smartphone or tablet (with the OneDrive app for Android, iOS, or iPadOS installed), and even your Mac (via the OneDrive Mac app).To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
17/09 00u15  Smartsheet: A spreadsheet-based tool for easy project managementSmartsheet is a flexible spreadsheet-centric work management tool designed to track team projects. Launched in 2006, it has 9 million users (almost 1 million of them paid users) and is deployed by nearly 100,000 companies, ranging from Google and Netflix to the US General Services Administration.Its success stems from its ability to appeal to a wide range of business users, specifically project managers, according to Chris Marsh, research director at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. For Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet, this means combining a familiar spreadsheet format with richer work management and collaboration capabilities.To read this article in full, please click here
16/09 22u15  Podcast: Apple introduces the A15-powered iPhone 13, plus iOS 14.8 patches Pegasus spyware flawApple announced its latest additions to its iPhone lineup, as well as a new iPad mini, at its 'California Streaming' event on Tuesday. Both devices will be powered by Apple's new A15 Bionic processor. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor join Juliet to discuss how the A15 processor compare to its predecessor, the A14, and how Apple may use it in future products. They also cover what the iPhone 13 and iPad mini mean for the enterprise. Plus, Michael, Ken and Juliet discuss Apple's response to the Pegasus spyware flaw. If you have any questions during the live broadcast, please leave them in the comments or live chat. To read this article in full, please click here
16/09 20u15  Apple’s challenge now: innovation at scaleApple is the perfect illustration of what happens to a company when it achieves mass-market presence – it’s a problem of scale.Develop, manufacture, supply More particularly, it’s a problem of delivery. Take the iPhone, for instance.During the first phase of the pandemic, Apple was forced to figure out how to source components for, develop, and manufacture a multitude of new devices. It had to achieve this consistently, and distribute these things internationally, even while supply chains struggled to maintain themselves. The company achieved this, the iPhone 12 was delayed a few weeks last year, and Apple saw growth in every market in which it plays — during a pandemic that changed the workplace.To read this article in full, please click here
16/09 17u15  A handy hidden shortcut for taking control in Chrome on AndroidOne of the absolute worst parts about browsing this dusty ol' web of ours is when you innocently open up some site — maybe, say, a tech news publication — and a video you didn't ask for suddenly starts blaring annoying audio into your unexpecting ears. It's especially obnoxious on a phone, where you're frequently scrolling on your screen in a semipublic area or whilst someone else slumbers nearby.We've all been there. We all loathe it. And yet, we continue to experience it, with no obvious fix or easy way to avoid the annoyance. (Insert awkward eye-darting here.)Well, my fellow Android adorer, I've got good news for you. Google's Chrome Android browser actually has an incredibly effective system for sending overly aggressive websites a signal that you don't appreciate their unprompted audio invasions. In fact, with a single tap of your greasy fingeroo, you can stop a site from making sounds on your phone ever again. And you can take control of all sorts of other site-specific permissions while you're at it.To read this article in full, please click here
16/09 15u15  It’s been a big week for patchesThis week brought updates that I consider critical for the “Big Three” — my operating system (Windows), my browser (Google Chrome) and my phone (from Apple). All three releases patch major zero-day vulnerabilities on all three platforms.While I strongly recommend that you patch Chrome and your iPhone as soon as possible, I always recommend that you hold back on updating Windows. That remains true — at least until we see whether there are any trending side effects from the Patch Tuesday updates.Let’s break down the patching to do right away.First, prioritize patching Apple devices. Among this week’s patches is one for Pegasus spyware, which can open up access to the camera and microphone as well as text messages, phone calls, and emails.  iPhones, in particular, have been targeted. Apple typically pushes these updates overnight if your phone is plugged in and charging (and connected to the Internet). If you want to make sure your iPhone has received the update, click on Settings, then General, then tap Software Update. Typically, after my iPhone updates, some apps may need passwords again. I personally try to save critical ones in the iCloud keychain. Look for patches for iOS 14.8 and iPad OS 14.8, and Security Update 2021-005 for macOS Catalina and Big Sur 11.6.To read this article in full, please click here
16/09 15u15  Windows 11: Just say noIt will be one thing, say, later this year or in 2022, to buy a new PC with Windows 11. We can be reasonably certain that Windows 11 will run on your new Dell, HP, or Lenovo PC. Maybe some of your drivers and programs won't run, but Windows 11 itself? No problem.But, if you want to update your existing computers, especially those that have a few years on them — that’s another story. It's difficult to know whether any given computer will run Windows 11, which arrives Oct. 5. Yes, there's Microsoft's PC Health Check app and other programs to determine whether you can run Windows 11. But Microsoft pulled it the first time around and I'm none too sure how reliable it is this time around.To read this article in full, please click here
16/09 00u15  Apple News for Android? Why not?With new iPhones, AirPods and iPads imminent, Apple’s recent decision to make changes to the App Store and to permit developers of reader apps to sidestep the App store payments system may not be altruism. It permits Apple to compete.To read this article in full, please click here
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5x Apple hits the alarm with multi-OS emergency update to patch zero-click flaw23/09 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Apple on Monday issued emergency security updates for iOS, macOS and its other operating systems to plug a hole that Canadian researchers claimed had been planted on a Saudi political activist's device by NSO Group, an Israeli seller of spyware and surveillance software to governments and their security agencies.Updates to patch the under-active-exploit vulnerability were released for iOS 14; macOS 11 and 10, aka Big Sur and Catalina, respectively; iPad OS 14; and watchOS 7.According to Apple, the vulnerability can be exploited by 'processing a maliciously crafted PDF,' which 'may lead to arbitrary code execution.' The phrase 'arbitrary code execution' is Apple's way of saying that the bug was of the most serious nature; Apple does not rank threat level of vulnerabilities, unlike operating system rivals such as Microsoft and Google.To read this article in full, please click here
4x Windows 10: A guide to the updates23/09 00u15 - ComputerWorld: 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.To read this article in full, please click here
4x Office 365: A guide to the updates23/09 00u15 - ComputerWorld: 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.To read this article in full, please click here
4x Noteworthy technology acquisitions 202123/09 00u15 - ComputerWorld: 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.To read this article in full, please click here
4x What the iPhone 13 and iPad mini mean for the enterprise23/09 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Apple’s 77-minute iPhone 13 event wasn’t the longest such launch in recent memory – the iPhone 7 reveal  took 119 minutes. But the company’s executives still had quite a lot to get through on Tuesday. Here's what should matter most to enterprise users.We all want the same things To be fair, the division between enterprise and consumer expectations for technology continues to erode: Workers want to use the same tools at work as they do at home – and these days most employers feel the same way. Software and hardware are expected to put users first and provide well thought-through user interfaces that reduce, rather than increase, user friction.To read this article in full, please click here
3x How Windows 10 ends up a lot like Windows 723/09 14u15 - ComputerWorld: Windows 10, originally pitched as a revolutionary break from Windows' past in how it was serviced, may well end its career in the next few years as a Windows 7 act-alike.Yes, Windows 7 — the spitting image of 'tradition' in Redmond's history of operating systems.Enter Windows 11 The catalyst for the change to Windows 10 is its successor, Windows 11, slated to debut Oct. 5. Windows 11, which will have its own tweaked servicing model — one feature upgrade annually with 36 months of support due those running the Enterprise or Education SKUs — will replace the older Windows 10 as the repository of the new.To read this article in full, please click here
2x Apple News for Android? Why not?16/09 00u15 - ComputerWorld: With new iPhones, AirPods and iPads imminent, Apple’s recent decision to make changes to the App Store and to permit developers of reader apps to sidestep the App store payments system may not be altruism. It permits Apple to compete.To read this article in full, please click here
2x Windows 11: Just say no16/09 15u15 - ComputerWorld: It will be one thing, say, later this year or in 2022, to buy a new PC with Windows 11. We can be reasonably certain that Windows 11 will run on your new Dell, HP, or Lenovo PC. Maybe some of your drivers and programs won't run, but Windows 11 itself? No problem.But, if you want to update your existing computers, especially those that have a few years on them — that’s another story. It's difficult to know whether any given computer will run Windows 11, which arrives Oct. 5. Yes, there's Microsoft's PC Health Check app and other programs to determine whether you can run Windows 11. But Microsoft pulled it the first time around and I'm none too sure how reliable it is this time around.To read this article in full, please click here
2x It’s been a big week for patches16/09 15u15 - ComputerWorld: This week brought updates that I consider critical for the “Big Three” — my operating system (Windows), my browser (Google Chrome) and my phone (from Apple). All three releases patch major zero-day vulnerabilities on all three platforms.While I strongly recommend that you patch Chrome and your iPhone as soon as possible, I always recommend that you hold back on updating Windows. That remains true — at least until we see whether there are any trending side effects from the Patch Tuesday updates.Let’s break down the patching to do right away.First, prioritize patching Apple devices. Among this week’s patches is one for Pegasus spyware, which can open up access to the camera and microphone as well as text messages, phone calls, and emails.  iPhones, in particular, have been targeted. Apple typically pushes these updates overnight if your phone is plugged in and charging (and connected to the Internet). If you want to make sure your iPhone has received the update, click on Settings, then General, then tap Software Update. Typically, after my iPhone updates, some apps may need passwords again. I personally try to save critical ones in the iCloud keychain. Look for patches for iOS 14.8 and iPad OS 14.8, and Security Update 2021-005 for macOS Catalina and Big Sur 11.6.To read this article in full, please click here

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