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Review: The iPhone X is the best phone for business, period.

Ten years ago, the original iPhone ushered in a new world for mobile computing and sparked the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement at work. Soon after it arrived, iPhones were showing up everywhere in the office, forcing companies to quickly scramble to figure out how to manage them. Michael DeAgonia The iPhone X, with its distinctive "notch" at the top and the inky blacks of an OLED display. That sleek (and deceptively simple) device not...
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Microsoft forces Win10 1703 customers onto 1709, and other Patch Tuesday shenanigans

Another massive outpouring of Microsoft patches yesterday — more than 1,100 separate patches — brought a few surprises and shouts of indignation from a forced but unannounced upgrade. Some bugs are already evident, and there’s a storm brewing over one Office patch. But by and large, if you don’t use Internet Explorer or Edge, it’s a non-event. Every version of Windows got patched yesterday (Win10 1709, Win10 1703, Win10 1607, Win10 1511 Ent...
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‘Hey Siri, buy $100 Bitcoin for the burglar guy’

Apple will apparently bring FaceID to its long-awaited HomePod smart speaker systems next year, but voice assistant tech may be a weak link in domestic and enterprise security, fresh research claims. The imitation game Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland claim that voice impersonators can fool smart speaker systems into thinking they are an authorized user of those systems. It’s known that you can undermine voice authorization ...
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The future of smart glasses comes into focus

Will smart glasses fog when I drink my morning coffee? So many questions about the future of smart glasses remain unanswered. As we slouch toward the end of the smartphone era, it’s important to consider what comes next — and plan accordingly. Here are the questions technology professionals like us should be asking, with the answers we know so far (many of which have emerged in the past week). Q: Will Apple make smart glasses? Yes. I told y...
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RStudio cloud service in the works?

News Screenshot at RStudio.cloud An interesting result popped up when I searched for RStudio cloud this morning: RStudio.cloud  from RStudio itself. "Kick the tires to your hearts delight - but don't plan on taking a cross-country trip just yet," the service warns on its home page. I logged in using my existing shinyapps.io account, which the home page advises to do. If  you don't use shinyapps.io, you can set up a new account there, or use...
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With new apps and services, IT connects deskless workers to biz

Office-based employees have a wealth of software tools available to keep them connected with colleagues and the wider business. Even those working remotely can easily stay in touch with their team through email, enterprise social networks and group messaging tools such as Slack. That’s not always the case for deskless workers – the vast, yet underserved chunk of the workforce that tends to fall outside the scope of IT, according to Stephani...
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Office 2019 release calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft has pledged a new Office suite, tagged Office 2019, for next year. But other than a nod to the vague "second half" of 2018, the Redmond, Wash. developer has said nothing of dates. But because Office 365 is, even more than Windows 10, as much a service as software - and because that model requires a predictable schedule of releases, maintenance milestones and support expiration dates - we can anticipate many of the important dates ...
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Apple Pay Cash and stateless cryptocurrency

Apple must by now be close to launching its promised Apple Pay Cash service , and when it does it will be taking a big step toward building its own kind of multinational cryptocurrency. Money, money, money While it’s only funny in a rich man’s world , the chasm between money as a tangible asset and cash as an item on a digital balance sheet isn’t hard to see. From the trillions spent by future generations to bail out the banking system to t...
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Critics are wrong to slam iPhone X’s new face tech

Apple’s new iPhone X reads faces. And privacy pundits are gnashing their teeth over it. The phone’s complex TrueDepth image system includes an infrared projector, which casts 30,000 invisible dots, and an infrared camera, which checks where in three-dimensional space those dots land. With a face in view, artificial intelligence on the phone figures out what’s going on with that face by processing locations of the dots. Biometrics in general...
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With Spark Assistant, Cisco adds voice-activated A.I. to videoconferencing

Virtual assistants are gaining popularity as Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant get better at quickly retrieving information and helping to organize things. Joining them in the office are smart assistant chatbots, which are being integrated into a variety of enterprise applications. Now, Cisco wants to bring the power of voice-activated A.I. smarts to conference rooms with its Spark Assistant.    The idea is for Spark Assistant to ta...
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Blockchain’s explosive growth pushes job skills demand to No. 2 spot

Blockchain developers now rank second among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills , and job postings for workers with those skills have more than doubled this year. Taking second fiddle only to robotics specialists, blockchain technologists are advertising their services for as much as $115 per hour, according to Upwork, an employment site that specializes in freelance workers. Next in the list of fastest-growing job skills is another block...
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Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft Edge flounders

Microsoft's Edge last month sank to its lowest-ever user share, with less than 16% of Windows 10 users running the browser during October. According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of Edge — an estimate of the world's personal computer owners who ran that browser — fell by six-tenths of a percentage point, ending October at 4.6%. The decline was the largest ever for Edge, and set the browser back to the user share ...
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Apple's iPhone X proves it: Silicon Valley is getting emotional

Apple’s shiny new iPhone X smartphone became available for pre-order on Friday Packed with both bells and whistles and dominating the field in both speeds and feeds, Apple’s hotly anticipated iPhone X will be considered by some to be the world’s greatest phone. The technology in the iPhone X includes some unusual electronics . The front-facing camera is part of a complex bundle of hardware components unprecedented in a smartphone. (Apple ca...
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BrandPost: Demand for Choice Fuels ‘PC Renaissance’

These days, workers have access to more devices than ever smartphones, tablets, and others. Despite this ever-expanding fleet, the PC remains the backbone of enterprise computing power. Kaitlin Murphy, director of marketing for business clients at Intel, sees the PC as a key driver toward an organization’s productivity and digital transformation. Q: How significant is equipping an organization’s workforce with updated PCs and laptops to dri...
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Windows 10 now does hands-free, no-reboot upgrades

Microsoft has sweetened the Windows subscription pot by letting enterprise IT dispense with the traditional wipe-and-image OS deployment method in favor of an automatic-on-reboot metamorphosis from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise. The new feature, dubbed "Subscription Activation," works with Windows 10 1703 - the April 2017 feature upgrade - or later, and requires access to Azure Active Directory (AAD). (The more common, on-premises...
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OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps

What’s the king of the note-taking apps? Is it Microsoft OneNote, launched in 2003, added to Microsoft Office starting in 2007 (and thus available to more than 1.2 billion users ) and now offered for free as a standalone product? Or is it the independent Evernote, which launched back in 2008 and is estimated to have somewhere in the range of 200 million users by now? OneNote and Evernote are available for all the major desktop and mobile OS...
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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 crafted a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10. Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule - Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded - business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events. [ Further reading: Windows 10: A guide to the updates ]...
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The 'retail apocalypse' is a myth

If you read the business headlines, it sounds like brick-and-mortar retail stores are dying – a so-called " retail apocalypse ." Around 8,600 stores could close in the U.S. this year, according to a report from brokerage firm Credit Suisse . Some even speculate that America has built its last major mall. Mall troubles are related to a spate of bankruptcies and physical store closings. J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Macy's and Sears have announced...
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Mastercard launches its own blockchain payments network

Mastercard  is launching its own blockchain network  to enable partner banks and merchants to make cross-border payments faster and more securely. The Mastercard blockchain service can be used to clear credit card transactions, eliminate administration tasks using smart contract rules and thus, speed transaction settlement. "By combining Mastercard blockchain technology with our settlement network and associated network rules, we have creat...
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iOS 11 uptake leaves iOS 10 – and Android 8 – in the dust

Apple released iOS 11 on Sept. 19 and within a week the latest version of iOS was already powering 30.21% iDevices. That's still left it far behind the 63.47% running iOS 10. But what a difference three weeks makes.  Apple's latest mobile OS update maintained its fast adoption curve and as of now – one month out – it has not only surpassed iOS 10, but left it in the dust. [ Further reading: The 50+ best features in iOS 11 ] According to bus...
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How to get a cutting-edge web browser

Installing a pre-release version of your web browser promises at least two distinct thrills. The first one: You get to test new features sometimes months before mainstream users see them. How cool is that? The second thrill comes from taking a risk. Installing pre-release software can cause data loss (perhaps even hair loss), excess battery drain on portables and other aggravations. As Google puts it on its Chrome Canary download page , it’...
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Microsoft shuts down Krack with sneaky Windows update

Microsoft today revealed that it quietly patched Windows last week against vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol used to secure wireless networks. Details of the security update were only published Monday to Microsoft's Security Update Guide, the catalog-like portal that earlier this year replaced the decades-old practice of delivering explanatory bulletins. All supported versions of Windows received the update, a...
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How to block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing

Some people want to install the latest version of Windows 10 the moment it’s available. They’ll line up — intentionally or not — to participate in a beta testing cycle that’s disguised as a four-month-or-so exercise, designed to winnow the last bugs out of the new version before it’s deemed ready for corporate use. If you want to help beta test an unpolished version of Win10, you don’t need to do a thing. Microsoft plans to release Fall Cre...
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Smartphones are driving us to distraction. Here’s help.

Ho-hum. Another year, another crop of amazing smartphones. The latest advancements come from Apple and Google. The new iPhone 8 line and iPhone X phones, as well as Google’s new Pixel phones, are blistering fast, offer near-DSLR-quality cameras and perform a growing range of cool stunts, such as supporting augmented reality. If you were to ask the public if they want all this power and ability, they’d probably respond, “Well, yes! Absolutel...
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4 crazy Chromebook myths, debunked

Bring up Chromebooks in any online crowd, and you're practically guaranteed to get some version of a now-stock reaction: Pshaw! Why would anyone pay for a browser in a box? Or maybe: Harrumph! Isn't Google about to get rid of those and make the whole thing a part of Android, anyway? Or the time-tested standby: Pish tosh! You can't do anything on those. Get a real computer instead. (Pshaw!) These are the sorts of misguided statements sentien...
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Early reports of myriad Microsoft Patch Tuesday problems

This month’s massive bundle of Patch Tuesday patches almost certainly contains more than a few surprises, and they’re only starting to surface. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve seen in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. There are lots of reports of delayed, failed and rolled back installations of KB 4041676 , the Win10 Creators Update (version 1703) monthly cumulative update, which brings 1703 up to build 15063.674. A quick glance at the KB a...
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Yes, Windows Phone is dead. Here's why

To the surprise of few, if any, a Microsoft executive has confirmed the inevitable: The Windows Phone is effectively dead. While the company will continue to support existing iterations, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows, spelled out in a series of tweets  why it has no plans to release new versions of phone hardware or the Windows Mobile OS. When asked by a user whether it is "time to leave Windows Mobile platf...
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Microsoft takes struggling Edge browser to iOS, Android

Microsoft on Thursday announced that it had created iOS and Android versions of its struggling Edge browser, and would make both available to users for testing. The company cast the Edge variations as critical to flesh out the Windows 10 feature known as "Continue on PC," which will debut with the Fall Creators Update, aka 1709 upgrade, set to begin shipping Oct. 17. The feature links a specific phone - or tablet - to a Windows 10 personal ...
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Easy way to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhones, iPads running iOS 11

Update for iOS 11 With iOS 11, you can still bypass the iPhone lock screen and trick Siri into getting into a person's phone. The bypass is the same as it was in the earlier version of the operating system: Press the home button using a finger not associated with your fingerprint authentication, prompting Siri to wake up.Say to Siri: Cellular data. Siri then opens the cellular data settings where you can turn off cellular data. As was the c...
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