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16/06 6:00 pm Here comes BYOSD

Its easy to dismiss the smart-display market. A smart display is like an Amazon Echo- or Google Home-style virtual assistant appliance, but with a screen that can show visual results, rather than just spoken ones, and facilitate video calls. Right now, the only smart displays you can buy are Amazons creepy Echo Look, an appliance whose main function is to watch you get dressed, and the Echo Spot, which looks like a bedroom alarm clock with a tiny screen. Dont worry. Help is on the way in the ..

16/06 2:30 am Google moves to end website installation of Chrome extensions

Google this week began barring Chrome users from installing add-ons offered by third-party websites, the last steps toward making the company's own market the only available source for browser extensions. "We continue to receive large volumes of complaints from users about unwanted extensions causing their Chrome experience to change unexpectedly - and the majority of these complaints are attributed to confusing or deceptive uses of inline installation on websites ( emphasis in original )," ..

15/06 8:55 pm Why has Apple put Mac users in the Mojave desert?

Dark Mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave looks really nice. I think Mac users will like it. But why has Apple chosen to leave the mountains to name the next-generation of its platform after a desert? With so many Mac users concerned about the future of the platform, is someone at the company trying to tell us something? Your Mac life Named after the Mohave tribe who once owned it, the Mojave desert has its own set of creation myths. The world was created there, and the brother of the subsequently ..

15/06 8:13 pm Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for ..

After 45 days in the unpaid beta testing phase, Microsoft surprised most of the patching world yesterday by declaring that Windows 10 April 2018 Update is ready for deployment in the enterprise. By doing so, Microsoft simultaneously raised the ire of almost everyone in the patching industry, demonstrated how out-of-touch its metrics have become, and completely destroyed the underpinnings of Current Branch for Business. [ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Win10 version 1803 ..

15/06 6:13 pm Microsoft proclaims Windows 10 1803 enterprise-ready in record time

Microsoft on Thursday declared that the latest feature upgrade to Windows 10 is fit for businesses, marking the fastest transition yet from consumer-only to enterprise-ready. "Based on the update quality and reliability we are seeing through our A.I. approach, we are now expanding the release broadly to make the April 2018 Update (version 1803) fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide," wrote John Cable, director of program management, in a post to a company blog ..

15/06 6:00 pm Failure, redefined

Programmer pilot fish is hired by this organization because he can write a mix of C and scripting languages to pull information from databases and generate web pages -- pretty straightforward stuff. But that's not what he finds when he starts work. "The new job I was hired for used a big vendor's interfaces and coding tools," fish says. "It was a major enterprise-wide conversion, and the vendor consulting staff was essentially learning to do their jobs as we did ours -- and at our expense. ..

15/06 3:43 am Apple wins praise for adding 'USB Restricted Mode' to secure iPhones

Apple confirmed today it will close a security hole that has allowed law enforcement officials, working with forensic companies, to break into iPhones to retrieve data related to criminal investigations. In the upcoming release of iOS 12, Apple will change default settings on iPhones to shutter access to the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked for one hour. In its beta release of iOS 11.3 , Apple introduced the feature known as USB Restricted Mode but cut it from iOS 11.3 before that ..

14/06 11:48 pm Which Android phones get regular security updates? Here's a hint

Here in the land o' Android, wrapping your noggin around the subject of software updates isn't always easy to do. We've got regular OS updates, sure and info on the various phone-makers' performance in that domain is readily available , if you (a) know where to find it and (b) are even aware that you should be looking for such data in the first place. But still, that's only one piece of the puzzle. To read this article in full, please click here

14/06 11:13 pm Is your company part of the GDPR 'mobile loophole'?

Mobile tech, and especially mobile brought into companies through BYOD, has unique challenges for companies that need to comply with General Data Protection Regulations ( GDPR ) and thats virtually all companies, not just the ones in Europe. The regulations compel companies to manage personal data and protect privacy, and they provide individuals to have a say in what and how data about them is used. GDPR has several disclosure and control requirements, such as providing notice of any ..

14/06 9:06 pm WWDC: Industry experts praise Apple's Health Records API

Apple provided developers with a Health Records API at WWDC. Based on technology acquired with Gliimpse , the company hopes the new API boosts adoption and innovation in the space. To get an educated sense of its significance, I spoke with the developers behind medication reminder app, MyTherapy . Introducing MyTherapy Loosely based in Germany, MyTherapy (part of smartpatient ) makes apps for iOS and Android devices. To read this article in full, please click here

14/06 6:00 pm Throwback Thursday: Well, no, not exactly

Pilot fish is configuring a new router to replace a loaner from the telco. It's for running a secure tunnel to allow a branch office to connect to HQ's VoIP. "When we finished the setup on our side, we needed the remote router to be powered down and then back on," says fish. "I phoned a user at the other end and asked her to restart the router. "I described it to her and she seemed to know what to do. We exchanged cell numbers in case there were issues." And that turns out to be a good thing. A ..

13/06 11:15 pm Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 12 Screen Time beta

Apple listens. It has heard the complaints that people and their children are spending more time glued to their digital devices than they do to each other. And at WWDC , it introduced its new iOS Screen Time feature aims to help us become aware of our digital habits as a first step to empowering us to control them. What is Screen Time? Set to ship in the fall with iOS 12, Screen Time is Apples first attempt at dealing with the emerging problem of digital addiction. To read this article in full, ..

13/06 6:48 pm Microsoft previews Office 2019 for Mac

Six weeks after shipping a preview of Office 2019 to commercial customers running Windows, Microsoft this week followed with a beta for the Mac edition of the application suite. "Office 2019 for Mac ... is set to ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows in the second half of 2018.," wrote Jared Spataro, the Microsoft executive in charge of Office's product marketing, in a June 12 post to a company blog . The vague release window of "second half of 2018" is as granular as Microsoft will get at ..

13/06 6:18 pm Alexa for Business: What it does, how to use it

Voice interactions with AI assistants are fast becoming commonplace at home. With Alexa for Business, Amazon hopes to make the same true in the office. Just like Alexa is making smart home experiences easier, the same is possible in the workplace with voice controls, said Collin Davies, Amazons general manager for Alexa for Business. [ Further reading: A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work ] Launched in November 2017 , Alexa for Business is a managed service with three main ..

13/06 6:00 pm Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Google'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 ..

13/06 3:36 am Apple bans cryptocurrency mining apps on iOS to protect mobile users

Using an iPad or iPhone to mine bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies would be hard to do, as the CPU power available to complete the task would be a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed. But using a portion of the CPU power from thousands of iPads or iPhones to mine cryptocurrency makes more sense and that's exactly what some malware has been doing. Apple is now moving to stop the practice. [ Further reading: The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change ] To ..

13/06 12:40 am How to get smarter missed call reminders on Android

It's easy to forget sometimes, but these powerful little computers we carry in our pockets are also phones you know, devices with numbers that can make and receive those crazy old things called voice calls. Go ahead and take a minute to absord the shock of this revelation. Gasp, guffaw, get a comically exaggerated expression of surprise on that stunning face of yours whatever does the trick. I'll wait. Back? Okay, good. Listen, I know: Nine times out of 10, when we talk about Android tips, we ..

12/06 7:15 pm WWDC: Accessibility has become a requirement

Apple made a range of announcements that put accessibility at the core of the company's mission at WWDC 2018, developers no longer have any excuse to avoid using the accessibility tools the company provides . Empowerment matters The focus is highly visible in the latest Mac and iOS releases ( available this fall ), which bring a range of smaller accessibility improvements. Whats important about that is that in doing so Apple is solving problems other platforms have not yet begun to address at a ..

12/06 6:23 pm Microsoft walks away from Windows 7, Office 2013 support forums

Microsoft has quietly told customers that it will stop participating in the online support forums devoted to consumer questions about Windows 7 and a host of other products. The announcement, which Microsoft posted over the weekend to several of the affected support forums, said the change would take place next month. [ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] "Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer ..

12/06 6:00 pm Good thing they didn't do any programming, huh?

IT pilot fish is part of a team working under a contract where there's a very specific stipulation: These contractors can't write code -- that's the job of a different contractor. "But we were allowed to do prototyping," says fish. "So we developed a prototype for functionality the customer needed, using SQL Anywhere as a front end to an Oracle database. "The customer used our prototype for about four years while their developer contractor worked on the 'real system.'" Sharky really needs your ..

 RIP Macintosh: 19842018

Did you notice what was missing at Apples 2018 WWDC? There wasnt a single new Mac model to be seen. Not a one. True, Craig Federighi, Apples senior vice president of software engineering,tried to lay to rest rumors that Apple would merge the iOS and macOS operating systems, saying, We love the Mac and macOS because its explicitly created for Mac hardware like the trackpad. But the Mac lineup hasnt been associated with true innovation for years, even before Tim Cook took over as CEO. Not having ..

12/06 4:12 am Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for ..

In May, we saw a host of bugs introduced by the Patch Tuesday security patches . By the end of the month, patches for those patches killed almost all of the bugs even the inability of Win10 version 1803 to run on certain kinds of solid-state drives, including the one in some Surface Pros. [ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] We also saw Microsoft push Win10 version 1803 onto machines that were specifically set to avoid it . I havent seen any official response to Microsofts ..

11/06 11:14 pm WWDC: When Apple Watch became a platform

Apples watchOS 5 plays to the strengths of Apple Watch and opens up some new and interesting ways to develop for and make use of the device. The enterprise case for Apple Watch Apple always says its goal with the Apple Watch is to deliver brief and meaningful interactions at exactly the right time. This dedication to context and convenience means that when the company ships the next iteration of the OS, it will make its solution much more essential to anyone who needs to stay up to date while ..

11/06 9:17 pm IDG Contributor Network: How new CEO Hans Vestberg will transform Verizon ..

Over the last decade, Verizon Wireless has been a rapid growth engine. The iPhone and Android revolution gave them the chance to strengthen their competitive position and they saw success and growth. However, over the last several years as growth in this smartphone segment started to slow. Going forward, what path should Verizon take? Watching the company over the last several years this question was real and growing. Verizon growth has not been as strong as it should have been. So, how could ..

11/06 8:55 pm 6 tips for planning SharePoint hub sites

Hub sites are the newest intranet building block in Office 365. They are now available to all Office 365 customers, including enterprise, education, and government. In the new flat world of modern SharePoint, each unit of work gets a separate site collection. Hub sites allow us to eliminate the inflexibility and governance limitations of dreaded subsites, while providing a way to replicate one of the key benefits of subsites a way to create a shared experience among related sites. Hub sites can ..

11/06 7:20 pm Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, ..

Microsofts in-unit PR staff continues to show its moxie, this time burying news about the demise of free tech support for a wide variety of products covering half of all Windows customers, for starters in a series of blog posts unveiled on Saturday morning. [ Further reading: Windows 10 April 2018 update: Key enterprise features ] Olga_Gh, a highly respected (if anonymous) Microsoft Agent posted the following message in six different Microsoft Answer forums: To read this article in full, please ..

11/06 6:00 pm Rigged demo, defined

This hospital's IT department lets employees spend time with people in other groups to get a better idea of how the rest of the department operates, according to a desktop support pilot fish there. "The idea was that people who were curious about what we did were allowed to shadow us for a day," says fish. "My boss selected me to be the shadowee for some reason. I decided that I'd make sure all of IT knew how Desktop Support ran everywhere. "For the days when I was being shadowed, I picked out ..

 Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide

All good things must come to an end, and the reign of Windows 7 as an actively supported, good-enough operating system is no exception. While it may feel like you just finished the heavy lifting of migrating your Windows XP machines to Windows 7, it turns out that Windows 7 is now almost nine years old, at least two and a half versions behind Windows 10 (depending on whether you consider Windows 8.1 to be a version of Windows all its own), and approaching end of Microsoft support in 2020. ..

9/06 6:12 pm Why dual-screen laptops are twice as good

Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen famously said: " Software is eating the world ." That still rings true. But there's some munching going on in the hardware world as well: Screens are eating our mobile devices. Smartphone makers are racing to be first to the zero-bezel smartphone finish line. And in the laptop market, companies are scrambling to figure out how to put screens on both sides of the clamshell. [ Further reading: The wireless road warriors essential guide ] The reason is ..

9/06 3:48 am Employee Innovation Your Biggest Untapped Resource Boosting

How are you empowering your workforce? Its a question worth asking, and if you arent asking it, then your employees almost definitely are. According to an Ultimate Software survey , 92% of employees say that having technology necessary to do their job efficiently affects their satisfaction at work. More pressing, about one out of three said they would quit if the tech was too outdated. Its not hyperbole to say that, to the modern worker, tech equals empowerment. Luckily, evidence shows the ..

9/06 2:13 am Want to Control Future IT Costs? Act Now

PC technology trends toward cheaper and stronger, the proverbial more bang for your buck, but money is still the biggest concern. In a recent study by Dell and Vanson Bourne , tech leaders cited lack of budget and resources as the number one barrier to digital progress. This is above in-house talent, c-suite buy-in and even having the latest technology. The tension goes beyond just managing hardware and software cost. According to CIOs State of the CIO 2018 study, the three top CIO priorities ..

 Keys to IT Cost Control: Partnerships, Automation, Planning

PC technology trends toward cheaper and stronger, the proverbial more bang for your buck, but money is still the biggest concern. In a recent study by Dell and Vanson Bourne , tech leaders cited lack of budget and resources as the number one barrier to digital progress. This is above in-house talent, c-suite buy-in and even having the latest technology. The tension goes beyond just managing hardware and software cost. According to CIOs State of the CIO 2018 study, the three top CIO priorities ..

8/06 9:59 pm WWDC: Where Apple AI met computer vision

Apples focus on the image isnt just about marketing; its about unleashing whole new ways of interacting with devices as the company quietly moves to twin machine intelligence with computer vision in a host of new ways. What has Apple done? WWDC 2018 saw numerous OS improvements with this in mind. These enhancements extend across most of its platforms. Think about: Core ML : Apples new machine learning framework that lets developers build computer vision machine learning features inside apps ..

8/06 9:27 pm IDG Contributor Network: One month with an Always Connected PC

The Always Connected PC was a joint Microsoft-Qualcomm effort to create a laptop product that was better than the iPad Pro. [Disclosure: both companies are clients of the author.] At the heart of this effort was the realization that those using a tablet like the iPad pro as a laptop likely wanted a laptop in the first place. Initial reviews of the two Always Connected PCs in the market (Asus/HP) have been less than glowing, but I think thats because reviewers are thinking of this like a regular ..

8/06 7:14 pm WWDC: What's in iOS 12 and macOS 'Mojave' for IT?

Apple users got their first peek at iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5 on Monday at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, with Apple highlighting the features and functions that will be included when the platforms are updated this fall. The target audience, naturally, is developers. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story)

8/06 6:00 pm For sale: New PCs, never used

It's some years back, and this pilot fish is working on a computerization project at a bank branch in a town that's out in the sticks when a local woman asks him for help. "She wanted me to visit her at her home," fish says. "I agreed, and as promised arrived at her home one Saturday morning. "She told me she had new PCs that she wanted help finding a buyer for. OK, I said, show me the computers and I'll see what I can do." She leads fish to her dining table and points to a box in the middle of ..

8/06 5:34 am Regulatory uncertainty could stymy blockchain adoption

Most C-level executives and high-level IT managers see regulatory complexity as the primary reason more companies are not adopting blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT), according to a recent survey . The poll of 83 "senior professionals" from a variety of industries was done by Ernst & Young (EY) at its annual Global Blockchain Summit in San Francisco. Released this week, the results showed that 61% of respondents believe complex regulations are impeding adoption; 51% cited issues ..

8/06 4:50 am 18 time-saving tips for the Chrome Android browser

Mobile web browsing is all about finding what you need quickly and with as little hassle as possible well, in theory, anyway. In the real world, the act of surfing sites from your smartphone is often anything but efficient. From sites that have not-so-friendly mobile interfaces to browser commands that take far too many steps to execute, hopping around the World Wide Internuts from a handheld device can frequently leave something to be desired. Fear not, though, my fellow finger-tappers: There ..

8/06 12:08 am 3 huge ways Android's gesture navigation just got better

Let's not beat around the bush: In the first Android P beta release , Google's new gesture navigation system was a steamin' hot mess . It was glitchy, inconsistent, and confusing. It was also, however, part of Android P's first public beta software not intended for widespread public use and so we have to expect a certain amount of imperfection. You can't judge a product when the recipe's still in flux and the baking's nowhere near finished. With the launch of Android P's second official beta ..

7/06 7:00 pm WWDC: iOS 12 An enterprise perspective

You could be forgiven for thinking Apples iOS 12 is all about fun consumer features, but when iPhones account for a healthy chunk of mobile enterprise deployments, you need to look a little deeper than that. Intel(ligence) inside The operating system is packed with robust feature enhancements, security improvements, and powerful machine intelligence. This is, after all, the platform that can figure out blood loss in the operating room with a single photograph while also playing virtual games ..

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