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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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