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22/10 21u15  Acronis gets deeper into the Apple enterprise with Addigy partnership The burgeoning enterprise Apple space saw thousands of IT admins virtually attend this week’s JNUC event, and the week tails off with news from Addigy and cybersecurity firm Acronis.Securing the Apple enterprise Addigy has confirmed that its cloud-based Apple device management tools now integrate with Acronis. This integration means IT can use Addigy to extend Acronis security tools to Mac and iOS systems via Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. The idea is to bring all this control inside one management tool.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 19u15  Varjo’s new VR headset points the way to collaboration done right I receive many collaboration products to test. Most of them are videoconferencing systems that allow people to attend meetings remotely. It often seems that the people who create such products collaborate and yet still don’t realize that most collaboration doesn’t occur during formal meetings. Instead, it occurs when people get together in different-sized groups around the project on which they are collaborating. To collaborate on a project, you need some way to bring the project into the gathering.Meetings are often a sequence of people presenting slides to the rest of the room. Most of my collaborations have been relatively small and often occurred in my or someone else’s office, and more recently, in my or someone else’s home. I’ve found that the larger the group, the more likely it will be a sequential sharing of knowledge and not true collaboration.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 14u15  Customer service: Your greatest competitive weapon In my quest to purchase a snowblower last weekend, I narrowed my choice down to models from two different brands. In checking customer reviews across an assortment of retail websites, a disparity immediately became apparent. Negative reviews for one of the brands sat untouched while the other manufacturer had responded to nearly every rating of three stars or less with messages ranging from “will take this into account” to “call this 800-number to resolve the issue.”The company’s responsiveness played no small part in my decision to choose that vendor for a substantial purchase. It’s an example of how, in the age of the empowered customer, service is becoming a profit center.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 14u15  Got a Pixel? Don't miss these 8 buried Android 12 treasures Well, my fellow Pixel pals, the time has finally arrived: After months of development, mountains of beta releases, and a weirdly empty-feeling tease of a code release, Google's Android 12 update is finally on its way into our moist, sweaty paws.Android 12 represents one of the most significant evolutions to the operating system in ages — arguably since all the way back with 2014's Android 5.0 Lollipop release. And much of that comes down to how the software operates on Google's own Pixel devices.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 00u15  Apple still has a world to reach with the iPhone's 5G promise Apple’s secret weapon for iPhone 13 deployment isn’t such a big secret: It’s 5G. More specifically, it’s the accelerating adoption and deployment of 5G services and infrastructure that will stimulate demand for Apple’s smartphones. Here’s why: Infrastructure for 5G is still being deployed. In the US, not every region has equal access to the tech, though many urban areas do. Outside the US you see similar disparities across nations, with pockets of availability. That means there is plenty of room for growth. As those unserved areas become served areas, more people may be interested in a 5G iPhone. But even in areas in which 5G is already available, there’s still a huge upside.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 00u15  Podcast: What the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips suggest about the future of the Mac At its event on Monday, Apple announced new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by their new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Benchmarks for the M1 Pro are nearly double that of the M1, and the M1 Max is even more powerful. As Apple continues on its two-year transition to Apple silicon, its chips' specs outperform those of competitors. Still, not everyone wants or needs a Mac, and Intel has its own super fast chip in the works. So, how can Apple continue to innovate upon its system-on-a-chip architecture, and will the company continue to outpace competition? Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what Apple's new MacBooks suggest about the future of the Mac, what that future means for competitors and what users should consider before upgrading. To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 00u15  Podcast: Apple's 'Unleashed' event preview: 14- and 16-in. MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon Apple's next event occurs on Monday, and rumors suggest that the company will announce updated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Consumer-level Macs have already received an Apple Silicon update, and it's expected that the Pro models will receive their refresh next week. It's also rumored that a new Mac Mini could be announced, powered by the same chip as the new MacBook Pros. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what to expect from Apple's 'Unleashed' event, including product rumors, benchmarks and release dates. Plus, they'll discuss what the new Pro models mean for enterprise users and whether or not IT should upgrade employee devices.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 00u15  Apple needs to introduce an iCloud business suite for the enterprise I agree with CCS Insight that Apple already has the building blocks to offer its own business productivity suite built around iWork and iCloud. It seems strange that it hasn’t provided these yet.Apple’s business services The analysts at CCS Insight hold an annual predictions event — 2022 & Beyond — and, among a wide selection of interesting future Apple possibilities, state: “Apple’s services unit has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. In 2Q21, it accounted for over 20% of total revenue and registered 33% annual growth. The unit’s strength gives the company increasing confidence as a web services provider, and it launches a productivity suite, based on iWork and iCloud, as a service aimed at smaller companies that are less well- served by Microsoft and more frequently use Google Workspace.”To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 00u15  13 handy hidden tricks for Google Maps on Android Who doesn't love Google Maps? The Maps Android app helps those of us with oatmeal for brains find our way anywhere, without having to fire any neurons or exercise any synapses. It even helps us find places to pick up tasty cuisine — like, uh, oatmeal (yum!).But there's much more to Google Maps than meets the eye — and odds are, you aren't taking advantage of at least a few handy hidden features lurking within the Maps Android app. With Android 12 right around the corner and more shiny new Android goodies showing up by the day, I thought it'd be a fine time to dive deep into this ever-evolving Android anchor and think through some of its more off-the-beaten-path advanced options.To read this article in full, please click here
22/10 00u15  How to choose the right UEM platform Endpoint devices have become so ubiquitous, connected, and data-intensive that they are among the most valuable technology assets an organization has today. They’re also some of the biggest security risks. It’s no surprise, then, that managing the large and growing number of smartphones, laptops, tablets, desktops, and other end-user products is a high priority for IT.For a growing number of enterprises, unified endpoint management (UEM) is the method of choice for keeping management of endpoints from descending into chaos. UEM platforms are designed to simplify the management of devices and enhance the security of heterogeneous environments.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 22u15  Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.Microsoft numbers Windows 10 releases using a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So the most recent version of Windows 10 is officially referred to as Windows 10 version 21H1, or the May 2021 Update. The next feature update, due in the fall of 2021, will be version 21H2.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 17u15  Microsoft makes virtual healthcare visits easier to manage in Teams Microsoft has added several features to Teams aimed at expanding use of the collaboration application among front-line workers. This includes a Viva Connections mobile app, updates to approvals, and improvements to virtual medical visit management.While much of the focus around Teams during the pandemic has centered on knowledge workers and the ongoing boom in video meetings, use of the app by front-line workers has increased significantly too, up 150% over the past year, Microsoft said.Microsoft is one of a number of productivity and collaboration software providers targeting workers in front-line roles, such as those in the retail, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors. These are jobs that have tended to be subject to less investment in digital tools from businesses, though spending has grown in recent years. Facebook’s Workplace and Google’s Workspace both have dedicated pricing and features for front-line workers, for example, as does Microsoft 365.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 17u15  The two Pixel 6 numbers that could change everything They're here. They're really, truly, officially here.After what's felt like 47 years of waiting and approximately 994 gazillion unofficial leaks, Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones are out of hiding and on their way into the world.Well, okay: To be fair, they've technically been in the world for a handful of days now — at least, for those of us lucky enough to receive loaner review units for evaluation. I've been totin' the Pixel 6 and its plus-sized sibling around in my dusty ol' dungarees for nearly a week at this point, and lemme tell ya: Based on these first several days, the devices are every bit as impressive as we'd been hoping they would be.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 08u15  The state of 5G in the Netherlands: Expectations vs. reality For Europe and the Netherlands, 5G mobile technology presents enormous development potential: the reliable, fast, networks with a high density of connections can transmit data faster than ever before, allow companies to monitor their assets in real time, and make remote management and automation possible on a large scale.Because 5G networks are up to 90% more energy efficient compared to 4G networks, they have the potential to not only save money but are also more environmentally friendly. 5G can not only satisfy growing consumer demand for mobile data, but connect billions of humans and devices across the globe, which most economists predict will have a transformative impact on Europe’s GDP.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 00u15  Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build? Windows 11 has been released, but behind the scenes, Microsoft is constantly working to improve the newest version of Windows. The company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.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. Not everyone can participate in the Windows 11 Insider program, because the new operating system has more stringent system requirements than Windows 10. As outlined in this Microsoft blog post, if your PC fails to meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you cannot join the Windows 11 Insider Program.To read this article in full, please click here
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21/10 00u15  Apple warns: Sideloading apps threatens an iCrime waveApple is fighting back against growing pressure to support sideloading on its App Stores with an extensive 28-page white paper in which it offers stark security and privacy warnings.The risks of sideloading The white paper, 'Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps – a Threat analysis of Sideloading' argues that because iPhones and other devices capture so much personal information about people, maintaining privacy and security is critical.“Supporting sideloading through direct downloads and third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made iPhone so secure, and expose users to serious security risks,” the company said.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 00u15  Windows 11: Microsoft's pointless updateSometimes, Microsoft has no choice but to upgrade Windows. Windows Millennium Edition, aka Windows Me, was awful. Its successor, Windows XP, was much better.XP's replacement, Vista, was lousy. Microsoft made us forget about Vista with Windows 7, which to many people — I'm one of them — was the best version of Windows.  Microsoft then tried, and failed, to replace it with the dismal Windows 8 and 8.1. Then, the company got it right again with Windows 10. That should have been the end of it.While Windows continued to get major updates, such as Windows 10 version 21H1, the brand was still Windows 10 until it wasn't. So it is that we now have Windows 11.To read this article in full, please click here
21/10 00u15  Windows 11: A guide to the updatesOn October 5, 2021, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 11, which began as a slow, phased rollout, expected to reach all eligible devices by the middle of 2022. But a Windows launch isn’t the end a process — it’s really just the beginning. As with Windows 10, Microsoft continually works on improving Windows 11 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 Windows 11. For each build, we’ve included the date of its 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
20/10 21u15  What happens when you put iPhone chips in Macs?Ten years after the first Apple-designed chip, the A4 System on a Chip, debuted in the iPad and the iPhone 4, Apple introduced its M1 SoC for personal computers. Launched in November 2020, the ARM-based processor uses the same basic architecture as the A-series chips and powers a range of Apple PCs including the MacBook Air, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and iMac. Now, with the launch of Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro models, the hugely praised M1 chip has now been joined by the M1 Pro and M1 Max. To read this article in full, please click here
20/10 17u15  The two Pixel 6 numbers that completely change everythingThey're here. They're really, truly, officially here.After what's felt like 47 years of waiting and approximately 994 gazillion unofficial leaks, Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones are out of hiding and on their way into the world.Well, okay: To be fair, they've technically been in the world for a handful of days now — at least, for those of us lucky enough to receive loaner review units for evaluation. I've been totin' the Pixel 6 and its plus-sized sibling around in my dusty ol' dungarees for nearly a week at this point, and lemme tell ya: Based on these first several days, the devices are every bit as impressive as we'd been hoping they would be.To read this article in full, please click here
20/10 17u15  Asana takes aim at the enterprise with new workflow featuresAsana, a work management platform for teams, today announced the Enterprise Work Graph, a suite of features designed to give greater clarity and flexibility to enterprise workflows. The new capabilities aim to align teams around goals, coordinate workflows across teams and time zones, and provide visibility into where work stands in real time. Alongside the new Work Graph data model, Asana is introducing enterprise-grade security and controls to its platform.To read this article in full, please click here
20/10 10u15  iPhone SE 2022: Apple reads the roomWhen it comes to the next iPhone SE, recent speculation suggests Apple is reading the room. It knows we’re facing a period of deep global economic uncertainty and seems to recognize the changing nature of consumer culture in crisis.iPhone SE 2022 to be the ‘cheapest 5G iPhone ever’ Apple’s anticipated iPhone SE in 2022 will be offered up as the “cheapest 5G iPhone in history.” A report from UDN in Taiwan (as spotted by Patently Apple) states that the device:To read this article in full, please click here
20/10 10u15  Noteworthy technology acquisitions 2021Amid 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
20/10 10u15  Google rolls out new Workspace app integrations, security featuresGoogle added new app integrations and security capabilities to its Workspace productivity suite on Tuesday ahead of its Cloud Next virtual event.The Workspace Marketplace now has 5,300 third-party apps that users can integrate with the various Workspace tools, Google said. Among the newest is an integration between two of its collaboration tools, Chat and the recently rebranded Spaces (formerly Chat Rooms), and Jira, Atlassian’s popular work management app for software developers.To read this article in full, please click here
20/10 10u15  Don’t put all your eggs in one Facebook basketOK, I get it. Facebook is insanely popular. With it closing in on 3 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) users, no one can ignore Facebook. But do you really want to base your business's advertising and outreach on Facebook alone? I think not.First, as we saw on Oct. 4, Facebook can go down with a resounding kaboom. It wasn't just down in the U.S.; it was down around the world. That was one impressive crash. Technically, a simple mistake with Facebook's internet settings had gigantic consequences. But you don't need to know the ins and outs of border gateway protocol (BGP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings to appreciate the results. The bottom line was that not just Facebook, but all its services and apps, which include Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus, were down.To read this article in full, please click here
20/10 10u15  Edge computing: The architecture of the futureTo fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- right next to IoT devices that collect data from the real world.
20/10 10u15  The cutting edge of healthcare: How edge computing will transform medicineChildren’s Health of Orange County, a California-based pediatric healthcare system, is working with other medical institutions to gather clinical images — MRIs, echocardiograms, and the like. The goal: to create a repository of images to analyze for insights that could train algorithms capable of aiding clinicians with diagnoses.Although the initiative is in its early stages, CHOC vice president and CIO John Henderson is already thinking about the technologies his organization would need to enable such an intelligent system. Edge computing, with its ability to deliver real-time analysis of large files, would be a key component to making that work, he says.To read this article in full, please click here
19/10 22u15  JNUC 21 brings major security and deployment improvements to Apple enterpriseHot on the heels of Apple’s MacBook Pro launch, the world’s biggest (virtual) gathering of Apple admins is beginning with a raft of announcements from Jamf, including solutions to secure remote working, accelerate deployments and more.The big event for Apple IT The 2021 Jamf Nation User Conference, a virtual event, will host over 10,000 Apple administrators from across the enterprise, healthcare, and education. The company now has over 57,000 customers, and its software is used to manage more than 25 million Apple devices, the company said.To read this article in full, please click here
19/10 17u15  Zoho One suite expands to more than 50 appsZoho has expanded its Zoho One business software suite to include more than 50 apps, adding a wide range of capabilities around analytics, security management, and employee experience.The vendor launched Zoho One in 2017 with the goal of providing access to a wider range of the applications across its extensive portfolio. The app suite costs $37 per employee per month when subscriptions are purchased annually for a customer’s entire workforce; otherwise annual subscriptions are $90 per user per month.To read this article in full, please click here
19/10 15u15  Just who is Windows 11 for, anyway?Seriously, who did Microsoft develop Windows 11 for? Only people who like centered taskbars? Only people who don’t mind “unlearning” how to get into task manager?Maybe not, but I’d argue that Windows 11 wasn’t designed for you and me. Rather, it was designed for the businesses, governments, schools, and other entities that we interact with. It’s built to ensure that sensitive information can be secured.[ Related: Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck ] Baked-in security For starters, Windows 11 has allowed Microsoft to cut the cord on the 32-bit platform. Windows 11 will be first Windows OS that is 64-bit only. This allows Microsoft to build in more virtualization and containerization security features that cannot be done in the 32-bit platform.To read this article in full, please click here
19/10 15u15  How to keep your workers (so you don’t have to replace them)The “Great Resignation” is killing many small businesses. I see it every day here in Asheville, NC. This tourist town’s many great restaurants can’t keep their doors open because they literally can’t get enough staff to cook the food or serve the customers.It’s not just restaurants and corner shops. It’s all small businesses.What can you do? I’ve talked before about keeping your staff on board in general; this time around I’ve got a few more specific suggestions.First, listen to your people. This is simple, but all too many managers ignore this one. Ask them what their concerns are. What makes them happy at work? What makes them miserable?To read this article in full, please click here
19/10 01u15  Apple’s new MacBook Pros leapfrog the competitionIn all my years of Apple reporting, I’ve never seen a change of this magnitude for the Mac.Since I first began reporting on Apple’s business in 1999, I’ve watched as Apple tried really hard to explain the good points of each iteration of the old G-series Macs. I was pleased at the performance gains the Mac got with the Intel chip. But this? This is something quite different.Probably the best notebooks in the world At its October 18 Unleashed event, Apple announced its all-new MacBook Pro lineup. Available in two sizes, 14-inch and 16-inch, the new systems are powered by the company’s proprietary M1 Max and M1 Pro processors, which build on the M1 System on a Chip (SoC) introduced last year.To read this article in full, please click here
19/10 00u15  Thoughts on navigating the transition to Windows 11We’re nearly one week into the lifecycle of Windows 11 and so far the reviews range from “I love it” to “meh” to “How do I get my start menu back.”While there are a lot of good things in Windows 11 (such as building blocks for better security, especially when connecting to cloud services) the new operating system carries a hardware price tag: Most of us will need to buy our way into a new computer to run Windows 11. Sure, there are unofficial and even  official ways around this new blocks, the threat of not getting updates for these officially unsupported platforms means I’ll not be recommending these methods.To read this article in full, please click here
18/10 13u15  As Google moves to reshape Workspace, barriers to business adoption remainGoogle has been boasting since at least June that Workspace, its productivity and collaboration platform, has 3 billion users, highlighting the huge scale of its largely consumer customer base. But for business adoption, the company still faces several barriers to wrestling market share from its biggest rival, Microsoft’s Office 365.The latest Workspace user stats amount to a significant increase from 2 billion at the end of 2019. Although Google hasn't offered details, the majority of these are likely Gmail users: Google Workspace (previously G Suite) has four paid subscription options, and is also available for free, providing access to features such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, and Meet at no cost.To read this article in full, please click here
17/10 00u15  Windows 10: A guide to the updatesOn 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
17/10 00u15  Office 365: A guide to the updatesOffice 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 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
16/10 17u15  Four zero-day exploits add urgency to October's Patch TuesdayOctober brings four zero-day exploits and 74 updates to the Windows ecosystem, including a hard-to-test kernel update (CVE-2021-40449) that requires immediate attention and an Exchange Server update that requires technical skill and due diligence (and a reboot). The testing profile for the October Patch Tuesday covers Windows error handling, AppX, Hyper-V and Microsoft Word. We recommend a Patch Now schedule for Windows and then staging the remaining patch groups according to your normal release pattern.To read this article in full, please click here
16/10 00u15  Has Apple set the scene for its next small big thing?App Analytics in App Store Connect offers app developers a way to explore important app metrics such as transactions, redownloads, total downloads, pre-orders and updates; developers can drill down for insights into territory, source, device and so on, allowing them to understand and develop key app markets.That’s great for developers, but what does it mean to enterprise users? For most, it’s an opportunity.What's in it for enterprises? Companies with B2B or B2C apps can dive inside the information made available by users to extend their reach and better understand their customer base — what works, what doesn’t, and where core customers are located.To read this article in full, please click here
16/10 00u15  The most important Pixel 6 feature might be invisibleTwelve days and counting.It's hard to believe, with as long as we've been talking about this topic, but Google's much anticipated Pixel 6 phone and its plus-sized sibling, the Pixel 6 Pro, are finally set to make themselves official. The new devices will emerge from Google's metaphorical womb a week from Tuesday — on October 19th, as Proud Mama Googleschmoop announced this week.We've been thinking about the Pixel 6 phones for so long now that it almost feels like we know everything about 'em. But the phones' most significant advancement may be something we haven't yet encountered — and may never actually see, at least in any literal sense. In fact, the full scope and value of its presence might not become clear for some time yet, even after the Pixel 6 makes its way into our curiously moist person-paws.To read this article in full, please click here
16/10 00u15  Home office tips from a veteran freelancerNext month marks my 15th year of self-employment, working in a home office. I take responsibility for everything from invoicing to making sure there’s enough paper in the printer. With some studies forecasting that the number of gig workers like me will soon exceed the size of the full-time workforce in a few years, I thought I’d share are few things I’ve learned along the way.Have a space for yourself I discovered early on that there is no such thing as working at home with children. You need to find your own space — even if it’s in the attic — where you can go when you need to concentrate. Kids need to understand the boundaries, too. I’m usually happy to see them at any time, but I also keep an assortment of signs that I can tape to the door of my office when I absolutely cannot be disturbed. Don’t feel guilty about this; your shift away from the office will ultimately give you more time with your little ones. But they need to know that you can be working even when you aren’t going to work.To read this article in full, please click here
16/10 00u15  Windows 11 arrives: my initial impressionsDisclosure:  Microsoft is a client of the author.I’m fascinated by the coverage of Windows 11, particularly when compared to the media circus that surrounded Windows 95. When it was released, folks were far too excited and bought it much too quickly— only to discover Microsoft had a lot to learn about releasing a complex OS. Windows 11 reflects lessons learned over the past three decades. I’m writing this on a Windows 11 machine I just built over the weekend. I had issues with initial compatibility because even though this system used 11th-generation Intel technology, getting Windows 11 to work on it was far more complex than a Windows 10 setup has ever been. (I build one or two systems every year.)  But the extra pain I endured showcases the shift between optimizing for usability and optimizing for security, which sadly reflects the world we live in now. To read this article in full, please click here
16/10 00u15  Async video messaging: Another route to productive remote workVideo meetings proved crucial for connecting remote workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, replicating face-to-face conversations even when offices were shuttered. But these real-time communications have drawbacks, too, with remote workers facing schedules packed with back-to-back video meetings and trying to catch colleagues who may be several time zones away.As a result, a growing number of collaboration software vendors are now touting “asynchronous” (or async) video messaging as an option to help make workplace communication less demanding. The idea is that rather than scheduling a video call, colleagues can pre-record a short video (or audio) message to send to colleagues who can watch the clip whenever it's convenient. This is particularly useful for distributed teams in different time zones, avoiding the need to arrange meetings at awkward times, and for staffers with flexible schedules.To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 19u15  Experts call Apple's CSAM scheme 'a dangerous technology'Apple’s decision to postpone introduction of its controversial client-side scanning (CSS) CSAM-detection system looks like an even better idea amid news governments already want to use the controversial tools for other forms of surveillance.A 'dangerous technology' In a new report, an influential group of 14 internationally reputed security researchers have said such plans represent a “dangerous technology” that expands state surveillance powers. They warn the client-side scanning system, if used “would be much more privacy invasive than previous proposals to weaken encryption. Rather than reading the content of encrypted communications, CSS gives law enforcement the ability to remotely search not just communications, but information stored on user devices.”To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 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
15/10 14u15  Make your own promotional videos the easy waySmart phones, webcams, and YouTube have made it simple for anyone to record and share video. But adapting your visual creations for business purposes isn’t so easy.If you want to overlay text, add background music, splice in B-roll, or add slide shows to your message, you’ll need to load your recording into a desktop or cloud editor and monkey with the controls, which are unique to each platform and are less than intuitive, in my experience. And let’s be honest, most of us haven’t a clue how to create a compelling video in the first place.The Zoomification of business has made video such a mainstream medium that learning how to tame it can boost anyone’s career, but most of us are just getting started. Vidyard’s recently released State of Virtual Selling report found that 72% of the sales professionals it surveyed classify their video recording and editing skills as either “beginning” or “emerging.”To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 12u15  Windows 11 and the need for better BIOS integrationDisclosure:  The vendors listed are clients of the author.Microsoft DOS and then Windows have gone through several evolutions over the years. When Windows first arrived, it was a User Interface (UI) shell on top of DOS. Then Windows 95 absorbed DOS to create something new — but didn’t include security. Windows 8 tried to absorb the smartphone experience, failed, but essentially made third-party anti-virus software obsolete.  Windows 10 took security a few steps farther (and integrated a better digital assistant, Cortana, that few people ever used). And now, with  Windows 11, Microsoft has begun to integrate hardware security without integrating PC firmware (BIOS). Due to issues with the move to Windows 11, I think the next integration will be BIOS.To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  A new weapon in cyber warfare fightNearly half of Dutch small businesses have been hit by ransomware attacks. There have been various attempts to fight against such threats but there appears to be little let-up. The traditional approach of malware protection has not offered sufficient protection. HP Wolf Security is set to change all that, providing a new approach to endpoint security(hpwolfsecurity.computerworld.com)To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  The executive’s guide to keeping up with cybercrimeThere’s a growing financial threat to businesses, thanks to the rise in ransomware. We have seen in the last couple of years how some companies have taken a big financial hit thanks to this new generation of attacks. Businesses are having to fight back against these threats: we look at how HP Wolf Security can offer new levels of protection(hpwolfsecurity.computerworld.com)To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  Endpoint security is changing - here is howThe increasing numbers of people working from home have led to a rethinking of how security should be handled. One of the ways in which businesses can cope with the latest breed of attackers is to deploy different levels of security: cutting off attacks at different points. Such thinking means that companies can be more confident of fighting back against the attackers(hpwolfsecurity.computerworld.com)To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  HP Wolf Security: A New Breed of Endpoint SecurityThe pandemic has sent many people working from home but, while convenient for many, the levels of security at home are ripe for exploitation by the bad guys. Watch how one family’s working environment is a prime target and how it can have a lethal effect on one unfortunate business.(hpwolfsecurity.computerworld.com)To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  Box moves to tackle the shift to hybrid workplacesContent management company Box this week unveiled a host of new features and integrations aimed at  enabling users to securely work more collaboratively. The move comes as companies are moving away from paper-based processes and embracing digitized assets, according to Diego Dugatkin, Box’s recently appointed chief product officer.As a result, Box is looking to protect digital content content, bolster collaboration and improve workflows in integrated applications, he said. “Everything we offer is centered around maintaining the security compliance and governance that we have, while also extending with this set of new features. As we start to see some offices reopen, we see the need to maintain this level of collaboration [seen over the last 18 months].”To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  Apple gains traction as enterprise workplaces become hybridFresh research once again shows the extent to which the move to hybrid working has boosted Apple adoption across the enterprise, proving that employees will opt for systems from the company when they can.Given choice, most employees use Apple The research was made available by Kandji, one of a growing number of companies now offering device management of Apple hardware to enterprise clients. The data is based on a global survey of 300 IT decision makers conducted by Dimensional Research and confirms Apple’s grasp on many enterprise hearts and minds.To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  Google Keep cheat sheet: How to get startedGoogle Keep lets you create notes and to-do lists that sync across your computer and phone or tablet. It's handy in a variety of ways: You can record voice memos, and Keep will transcribe them as text notes. You can include images in your notes, and if text is shown in an image, the image shows up in search results. You can create time- or location-triggered reminder notifications based on your notes. You can share your notes with other people and collaborate on them.Keep is free for individual users and included with a subscription to Google Workspace. You use it through a web browser on your computer, and it’s also available as an app for your Android or iOS device. You’ll get the most mileage from Keep if you use both the desktop browser version and the mobile app in your daily workflow, so that you can take notes and access them wherever you are. Your Keep notes will sync to the cloud through Google Drive.To read this article in full, please click here
15/10 00u15  What's in the latest Firefox update? 93 improves SmartBlock, debuts sponsored search suggestionsMozilla this week updated Firefox to version 93, which now blocks downloads over insecure connections, improves the browser's anti-tracking prowess and introduces Firefox Suggest, the newest way the company will try to earn revenue.The organization's security engineers also patched seven vulnerabilities, four marked 'High,' Firefox's second-most-serious label. The majority of those vulnerabilities were in the 'memory safety bugs' bucket, a category that covers a wide swath of memory corruption and memory leak flaws.Firefox 93 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users need only launch (or relaunch) the browser to install the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose 'About Firefox.' (On macOS, 'About Firefox' can be found under the 'Firefox' menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows that the browser is already up to date or displays the upgrade process.To read this article in full, please click here
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4x 13 handy hidden tricks for Google Maps on Android22/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Who doesn't love Google Maps? The Maps Android app helps those of us with oatmeal for brains find our way anywhere, without having to fire any neurons or exercise any synapses. It even helps us find places to pick up tasty cuisine — like, uh, oatmeal (yum!).But there's much more to Google Maps than meets the eye — and odds are, you aren't taking advantage of at least a few handy hidden features lurking within the Maps Android app. With Android 12 right around the corner and more shiny new Android goodies showing up by the day, I thought it'd be a fine time to dive deep into this ever-evolving Android anchor and think through some of its more off-the-beaten-path advanced options.To read this article in full, please click here
4x Podcast: What the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips suggest about the future of the Mac22/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: At its event on Monday, Apple announced new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by their new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Benchmarks for the M1 Pro are nearly double that of the M1, and the M1 Max is even more powerful. As Apple continues on its two-year transition to Apple silicon, its chips' specs outperform those of competitors. Still, not everyone wants or needs a Mac, and Intel has its own super fast chip in the works. So, how can Apple continue to innovate upon its system-on-a-chip architecture, and will the company continue to outpace competition? Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what Apple's new MacBooks suggest about the future of the Mac, what that future means for competitors and what users should consider before upgrading. To read this article in full, please click here
4x Apple still has a world to reach with the iPhone's 5G promise22/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Apple’s secret weapon for iPhone 13 deployment isn’t such a big secret: It’s 5G. More specifically, it’s the accelerating adoption and deployment of 5G services and infrastructure that will stimulate demand for Apple’s smartphones. Here’s why: Infrastructure for 5G is still being deployed. In the US, not every region has equal access to the tech, though many urban areas do. Outside the US you see similar disparities across nations, with pockets of availability. That means there is plenty of room for growth. As those unserved areas become served areas, more people may be interested in a 5G iPhone. But even in areas in which 5G is already available, there’s still a huge upside.To read this article in full, please click here
3x How to choose the right UEM platform22/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Endpoint devices have become so ubiquitous, connected, and data-intensive that they are among the most valuable technology assets an organization has today. They’re also some of the biggest security risks. It’s no surprise, then, that managing the large and growing number of smartphones, laptops, tablets, desktops, and other end-user products is a high priority for IT.For a growing number of enterprises, unified endpoint management (UEM) is the method of choice for keeping management of endpoints from descending into chaos. UEM platforms are designed to simplify the management of devices and enhance the security of heterogeneous environments.To read this article in full, please click here
3x Apple needs to introduce an iCloud business suite for the enterprise22/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: I agree with CCS Insight that Apple already has the building blocks to offer its own business productivity suite built around iWork and iCloud. It seems strange that it hasn’t provided these yet.Apple’s business services The analysts at CCS Insight hold an annual predictions event — 2022 & Beyond — and, among a wide selection of interesting future Apple possibilities, state: “Apple’s services unit has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. In 2Q21, it accounted for over 20% of total revenue and registered 33% annual growth. The unit’s strength gives the company increasing confidence as a web services provider, and it launches a productivity suite, based on iWork and iCloud, as a service aimed at smaller companies that are less well- served by Microsoft and more frequently use Google Workspace.”To read this article in full, please click here
3x Podcast: Apple's 'Unleashed' event preview: 14- and 16-in. MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon22/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Apple's next event occurs on Monday, and rumors suggest that the company will announce updated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Consumer-level Macs have already received an Apple Silicon update, and it's expected that the Pro models will receive their refresh next week. It's also rumored that a new Mac Mini could be announced, powered by the same chip as the new MacBook Pros. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss what to expect from Apple's 'Unleashed' event, including product rumors, benchmarks and release dates. Plus, they'll discuss what the new Pro models mean for enterprise users and whether or not IT should upgrade employee devices.To read this article in full, please click here
3x Got a Pixel? Don't miss these 8 buried Android 12 treasures22/10 14u15 - ComputerWorld: Well, my fellow Pixel pals, the time has finally arrived: After months of development, mountains of beta releases, and a weirdly empty-feeling tease of a code release, Google's Android 12 update is finally on its way into our moist, sweaty paws.Android 12 represents one of the most significant evolutions to the operating system in ages — arguably since all the way back with 2014's Android 5.0 Lollipop release. And much of that comes down to how the software operates on Google's own Pixel devices.To read this article in full, please click here
3x Customer service: Your greatest competitive weapon22/10 14u15 - ComputerWorld: In my quest to purchase a snowblower last weekend, I narrowed my choice down to models from two different brands. In checking customer reviews across an assortment of retail websites, a disparity immediately became apparent. Negative reviews for one of the brands sat untouched while the other manufacturer had responded to nearly every rating of three stars or less with messages ranging from “will take this into account” to “call this 800-number to resolve the issue.”The company’s responsiveness played no small part in my decision to choose that vendor for a substantial purchase. It’s an example of how, in the age of the empowered customer, service is becoming a profit center.To read this article in full, please click here
2x Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build?21/10 00u15 - ComputerWorld: Windows 11 has been released, but behind the scenes, Microsoft is constantly working to improve the newest version of Windows. The company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.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. Not everyone can participate in the Windows 11 Insider program, because the new operating system has more stringent system requirements than Windows 10. As outlined in this Microsoft blog post, if your PC fails to meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you cannot join the Windows 11 Insider Program.To read this article in full, please click here
2x Varjo’s new VR headset points the way to collaboration done right22/10 19u15 - ComputerWorld: I receive many collaboration products to test. Most of them are videoconferencing systems that allow people to attend meetings remotely. It often seems that the people who create such products collaborate and yet still don’t realize that most collaboration doesn’t occur during formal meetings. Instead, it occurs when people get together in different-sized groups around the project on which they are collaborating. To collaborate on a project, you need some way to bring the project into the gathering.Meetings are often a sequence of people presenting slides to the rest of the room. Most of my collaborations have been relatively small and often occurred in my or someone else’s office, and more recently, in my or someone else’s home. I’ve found that the larger the group, the more likely it will be a sequential sharing of knowledge and not true collaboration.To read this article in full, please click here

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