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17/02 1:33 am Microsoft hints at early April release of Windows 10's next feature upgrade

Microsoft this week released the first preview of what will become Windows 10 version 1809, this year's second feature upgrade and the one slated to ship this fall. But the debut of what Microsoft calls the "Skip Ahead" build for Windows 10 1809 also hints that the release of the spring feature upgrade, aka 1803, will take place in early April. [ Related: IT buyers guide to business laptops ] On Wednesday, Microsoft forked the 1803 preview of Windows 10 - as it's done before when it nears ..

17/02 1:12 am Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

The Microsoft Update Catalog uses insecure HTTP links not HTTPS links on the download buttons, so patches you download from the Update Catalog are subject to all of the security problems that dog HTTP links, including man-in-the-middle attacks. Security researcher Stefan Kanthak, writing on Seclists Bugtraq mailing list , elaborates: Even if you browse the "Microsoft Update Catalog" via the HTTPS link, ALL download links published there use HTTP, not HTTPS! That's trustworthy computing ... the ..

16/02 10:18 pm 6 reasons iMac Pro is ready for the enterprise

Ive been inspired to make a few predictions after spending the morning looking at some of the powerful applications you can now run on a midrange iMac Pro . Enterprises need the iMac Pro Apple sees the way the industry is going. Its decision last year to recommit to the pro Mac market followed years of criticism, but now it has made that declaration, it seems deadly serious in its determination to ensure that if PCs are going to be trucks , then it wants some of the most powerful trucks on the ..

16/02 7:00 pm 28 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient

Google Assistant is artificial intelligence at your fingertips but sometimes, it can be tough to know what to ask an omniscient robot to do. I'm here to help. I've talked to my phone more than I'd care to admit (even before it did anything in response boy, were those awkward times), and I've put together the ultimate guide to Google Assistant's most useful productivity-oriented commands. So clear your throat, grab your nearest Assistant-packing gadget, and start putting that virtual companion ..

16/02 6:13 am HP expands its Device-as-a-Service offering to include Apple

HP is expanding its Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering to cover Apple's iOS and macOS hardware. As part of HP's expanded DaaS offering , known more generally under the industry term of managed mobility services (MMS), customers will be able to pair iPhones, iPads, Macs and other Apple devices with HP's support, managed services and analytics. Apple for years pushed, without much success, to get its hardware and software into the office. But the organic adoption of its iOS devices especially ..

16/02 4:11 am Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch ..

Microsoft's free Windows Analytics service now scans enterprise Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PCs, and reports whether they've been updated to defend against potential attacks exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities. The new capabilities of Windows Analytics' "Upgrade Readiness" were announced Tuesday by Terry Myerson, the top Windows executive at the company. Myerson called the vulnerabilities - found by Google security researchers and reported to vendors in ..

16/02 2:45 am Apple's macOS Server strategy shifts again

Late last month, Apple quietly unveiled major changes to macOS Server . Although the announcement didn't disclose much about the new abilities macOS Server will gain, it does detail services to be deprecated starting this spring. Though these features won't disappear immediately, they will eventually be removed from future releases and hidden on new macOS Server installations. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story)

16/02 1:44 am What the virtual assistant battle is really all about, in a single word

With Apple's better-late-than-never arrival into the smart speaker market this month, there's been lots of talk about the state of the smart assistant and why, ultimately, all these companies are working so hard to get you talking to their technology. From Siri to Alexa and Google Assistant to Bixby (yes, even Bixby), the virtual assistants are all soldiers in the tech world's latest battle for our attention. And what these artificially intelligent entities are really all about comes down to a ..

15/02 7:00 pm Throwback Thursday: Something in the air

It's the 1990s, and this IT support pilot fish is working at a factory that manufactures electronic components, setting up PCs and running the network. "One day I received a call from a user I'd never heard from before," says fish. "He worked in the chemical treatment area and informed me that his four-month-old PC was not working. "I walked to his area and he informed me the PC was in his testing room. I entered a closed room and immediately began having problems breathing." His lungs burning, ..

15/02 6:21 am IBM sees blockchain as ready for government use

IBM sees blockchain as much more than the foundation for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and wants the government to consider embracing it as a way of saving time, cost and risk. IBM is among a growing number of vendors offering blockchain as a service (BaaS), which allows enterprises to pilot the technology without massive capital expenditures related to onsite development and hardware. To read this article in full, please click here

15/02 2:44 am February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

The very early reports are in , and it looks like this months monstrous panoply of patches isnt as destructive as last months so far, at least. Aside from a few reported incompatibilities, the big news involves two Outlook security holes that kick in when you download email, or preview a message. There are no known exploits, but if you use Outlook, you need to understand the dangers and should seriously consider patching sooner rather than later. First, the blast. Yesterday, Microsoft released ..

15/02 1:03 am Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?

Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, System Scan is Recommended . So, what is this message, and what should you do if you see it? TL;DR: Don't panic The first thing to learn is that this is not a Mac system message. If you ever come across this message you can be utterly certain that it is a scam. Whoever is behind the message (and it may not be the website owner, but some poorly policed ads network) wants ..

14/02 8:39 pm Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

Microsoft plans to extend support for its Windows Defender ATP service to devices running older operating systems, including Windows 7. The decision, announced this week, is a turn-about for Microsoft, which had limited the service to Windows 10 machines. In a post to a company blog , a Microsoft director cited customers' heterogeneous set-ups to explain the change. "We know that while in their transition, some [customers] may have a mix of Windows 10 and Windows 7 devices in their ..

14/02 7:00 pm Why we love REAL power users

Flashback to the late 1990s, when this pilot fish has landed a job supporting PCs and a Novell network for a manufacturer that has engineers onsite. "Most of the workstations had switched to Windows 95, which was the company standard at the time," says fish. "One day my supervisor gave me a ticket to go install a new laser printer in the office of an engineer. I had rarely interacted with him and had never stepped foot inside of his office, though I knew he was well respected among his peers as ..

14/02 4:29 am Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity

Microsoft is working to create a blockchain-based, decentralized digital identity management platform that would allow users to own and secure access to their online persona via an encrypted database hub. Over the past year, Microsoft said it has been exploring how to use Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies to create new types of digital identities designed to enhance personal privacy, security and control. To read this article in full, please click here

 Microsoft to test blockchain-based self-sovereign ID system

Microsoft is working to create a blockchain-based, decentralized digital identity management platform that would allow users to own and secure access to their online persona via an encrypted database hub. Over the past year, Microsoft said it has been exploring how to use Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies to create new types of digital identities designed to enhance personal privacy, security and control. To read this article in full, please click here

14/02 1:20 am 5 missing footnotes from those Android P rumors

Well, gang, we knew it was inevitable, and now it's actually happening: Here in the land of Android, we are officially talking about the first stream of P leaks. Hey, it could be worse. Just wait until developers start getting P on their devices. In all seriousness, though, Android P is inching ever-closer to its actual arrival. The first developers' preview of Android O landed on March 21st last year, 57 days ahead of Google's 2017 I/O convention. This year's I/O event is happening even ..

13/02 10:32 pm How to use iCloud Keychain: The guide

Apples password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads, iCloud Keychain is designed to keep passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi logins and lots of other critical data safe while also making it much easier for you to create and recall complex passcodes. What does iCloud Keychain do? When you enter a new password in Safari, youve probably seen iCloud Keychain ask if you would like it to save it for use across all your devices. So long as you are running iOS 7.0.3 or later or OS X Mavericks10.9 or ..

13/02 7:10 pm Chrome 68 to condemn all unencrypted sites by summer

Google has put a July deadline on a 2016 promise that its Chrome browser would tag all websites that don't encrypt their traffic. "Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as 'not secure,'" wrote Emily Schechter, a Chrome security product manager, in a Feb. 8 post to a company blog. Google has scheduled Chrome 68 to release in Stable form - analogous to production-level quality - during the week of July 22-28. Starting then, Chrome will insert a "Not ..

13/02 7:00 pm Hey, are you getting paid to talk or to work?

This IT pilot fish has worked as an IT staffer and as a consultant, and he knows there can be some real disadvantages to the better-paid but less stable contracting life. Case in point: "At one consulting firm, I knew there were communications problems when a peer pulled me aside to talk about the regional manager -- the profit-center guy," says fish. "My fellow consultant told me, 'The first time he ever called me was to find out if I was really resigning.' "It was not only the first phone ..

13/02 5:53 am Windows 10 cheat sheet

Windows 10 is the best operating system that's come along from Microsoft in a long time. It's a shape-shifter that changes its interface depending upon whether you're using a traditional computer or a touch-based one. It undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu. A lot more has changed as well, with a new default browser called Edge, the integration of the Cortana digital assistant, links to Microsofts ..

13/02 5:15 am IDG Contributor Network: 6 hidden liabilities of enterprise SaaS ..

The vendor data looks impressive. Last October, Microsoft announced commercial users of Office 365 had reached 120 million. Midway through last year, SaaS pioneer Salesforce said it had hit an annual run-rate of more than $10 billion USD. Analysts also confirm this big picture. Market intelligence firm IDC, for instance, expects SaaS to capture nearly two-thirds of the forecast $160 billion USD global public cloud services and infrastructure spend in 2018. SaaS has transformed the way that ..

13/02 3:31 am Mingis on Tech: What's coming up at Mobile World Congress?

It's pretty much a given every year thatnew smartphones will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress . This year's event, which starts Feb. 26 in Barcelona, is expected to be where Samsung shows off its shiny new Galaxy S9 . But that's not likely to be the big story from the 2018 show, according to mobile expert and Computerworld freelancer Dan Rosenbaum . What's likely to dominate MWC 2018 is the continued rollout of 5G networking . Rosenbaum, who's going to the event, offered a preview of sorts ..

13/02 2:18 am IDG Contributor Network: 2018 CCA Mobile Carriers Show helps smaller ..

How do smaller wireless carriers compete and win against the powerhouses of the industry like AT Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Smaller competitors like US Cellular, Xfinity Mobile, C Spire Wireless and many others face the same challenges, plus one more. Not only must they compete in a rapidly changing industry against the big four, but they are smaller and must also offer the user a compelling reason to choose them. The CCA is the association that tries to help them do ..

13/02 1:03 am Windows 10 S comes to an undignified but not unexpected end

Microsoft really has gotten its act together in some areas. Take its cloud platform, Microsoft Azure . Its a great cloud. But then theres Windows. As Computerworld s Woody Leonhart reported, we had patches released, yanked, re-released and/or re-re-released on 15 different days in January. Then, there was Windows 10 S . To read this article in full, please click here

12/02 10:44 pm Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this months problems

January 2018 will go down in history as one of the worst patching months in Microsofts very checkered history. That isnt an isolated muck-up. Its a harbinger. We had a couple of really bad months in 2017 February and November come immediately to mind but an unconscionable number of patches left bricked machines and busted programs in their wake. To read this article in full, please click here

12/02 9:29 pm IFixit: Apple's HomePod is 'built like a tank'

If the sheer quantity of engineering intelligence iFixit has identified in HomePod is eventually matched in Siri support for multiple users search domains , then Apple just nailed the smart speaker market. 'We're pretty impressed' On the same weekend as Loup Ventures found that if you only ask HomePod the questions it is designed to answer, Siri is more effective than Alexa or Cortana, iFixit took a HomePod apart to see what's inside. To read this article in full, please click here

12/02 7:08 pm Mobile app management is being driven by unmanaged devices

The need to manage applications on unmanaged devices owned by employees or contractors is driving adoption of stand-alone mobile app management (MAM) software and services, according to a new Gartner report. By 2021, 60% of mobile apps being used in the enterprise will rely on at least one app-level management control, whether on managed or unmanaged devices, Gartner's Market Guide for Mobile Application Management said. Unlike MAM tools that are part of a larger enterprise mobility management ..

12/02 7:00 pm The wireless road warriors essential guide

Over the past several years, wireless technology has improved so much that slowly, trip by trip, Ive come to rely on it more to get my job done on the road. Its convenient, and it lets me leave behind the jumble of cables I used to need. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story)

 Some things are better left unexplained

IT pilot fish at a large organization is supporting a server-based application -- one that keeps falling over. "We started experiencing issues with communication between devices and server," says fish. "The application would just stop. The fix was to restart a stopped service on the server. "The issue was soon occurring daily, and the vendor was contacted. Vendor support could find no issues and had no other customers experiencing the issue, but they kept looking. "Finally our management ..

10/02 8:00 pm Think you know web browsers? Take this quiz and prove it.

Test Your Knowledge Image by Google / Christina Tynan Wood Pity the poor web browser. Once the undisputed heavyweight champion of Internet applications, it's been largely supplanted now by monolithic social media platforms, mobile technologies, and smartphone apps. To read this article in full, please click here

10/02 6:00 pm Technostress is killing productivity. Culture is the cure.

Technology changes fast. With each new change, employees are forced to adapt. That process of adapting is painful physically and psychologically. Thats why we seem to get a new health problem related to technology every few years. I want to tell you about the Mother of All technology-related health problems: technostress. But first, a history lesson. When computers broke our bodies Business PCs went mainstream in the 1990s. At the beginning of the decade, most people didnt use PCs in offices. ..

9/02 8:05 pm How can Apple's HomePod stake space in the enterprise?

Apples HomePod ships today. If you have one, I believe you will be thrilled at the presence and sound stage delivered by the diminutive device. But the product also has some potential as an enterprise product, as business tech migrates to iOS . Collaboration is complicated Collaboration is a big word. It spans everything from email to presencing systems, conferencing and document sharing, team management, scheduling, secure messaging . To read this article in full, please click here

9/02 7:11 pm Governments eye their own blockchain cryptocurrencies

Last year's blockchain pilot projects are rapidly becoming this year's live implementations in a variety of industries, and even sectors that have until now been vexed by the distributed ledger technology are following suit. Case in point: Governments, which are moving to regulate blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies it underpins. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcointhat live in open networks, have so far inhabited a regulatory gray area, because there's no way for a central authority to ..

9/02 7:00 pm No Parking Zone

This city's IT department has hired a contractor to help out on the help desk for a few months, and that's surfacing some longstanding problems, reports a pilot fish on the inside. "The contractor is backfilling for a help desk technician," fish says. "He will be here for two to six months. HR wants to give him a Visitor badge instead of a real ID. "HR and the parking manager also want him to park in visitor parking and pull a ticket that IT has to validate every day -- twice if he leaves for ..

9/02 5:14 am What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2016, Office 2019 and ..

Microsoft Office may be the de facto productivity tool for millions of workers worldwide, but it's no monolith. Rather than a single, towering smooth-black Office, there's a whole Stonehenge of options: Office on the iPhone, on iPad, Office on Android smartphones, Office on personal computers, Windows and macOS, Office with a handful of applications, Office with fistfuls'. But when you get down to it, there are really only two kinds of Office. One, which most label Office 2016 , is the ..

9/02 4:43 am 10 travel apps to smooth your next business trip

Clear skies ahead Image by Thinkstock It sometimes seems as if business travel is expressly designed to raise blood pressure. Cancelled flights, long security lines, or simply failing to puzzle your way through airport terminals or the city youre visiting can throw a monkey wrench into your schedule. To read this article in full, please click here

9/02 1:26 am The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create

Google's Chrome OS platform is on the brink of yet another potentially massive expansion. That much we've established . What we didn't discuss in Tuesday's "Chrome OS takeover" column , though, was a significant secondary effect that could result from this coming evolution. In case you haven't been paying attention, what we're talking about here is the ongoing alignment of Chrome OS and Android and the fascinating changes that are happening as a result. In short, the presence of Android apps on ..

8/02 10:59 pm Why Apple needs HomePod to be as safe as houses

Ive been using a HomePod system this week. Im planning to write more about it, but today I wanted to discuss what everyone considering connected smart home devices should think about first: privacy and security. Your life on view Smart home devices communicate with each other. They also communicate with their manufacturers, and this means significant insights can be gathered by anyone who succeeds in monitoring this informational flow . To read this article in full, please click here

8/02 7:12 pm FAQ: Microsoft monkeys with Windows 10 support again

Every so often, Microsoft feels the need to turn its Windows support world upside down. In 2016, it surprised users by telling them that PCs equipped with newer processors would only be supported by Windows 10 . Older OSes, including the venerable Windows 7, would see their effective support lifespans shortened. It must be time on the calendar for another disturbance in the support force. [ Related: How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware ] Last week, Microsoft announced a slew of changes ..

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