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Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches , we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on. Let’s step through the, uh, offerings on Jan. 18. Windows 10 patches Win10 Fall Creators Update version 1709 — Cumulative update KB 4073291 brings the Meltdown/Spectre patches to 32-b...
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Office 365: Enterprise usage doesn't translate into enterprise value

Although enterprise subscribers to Office 365 typically use a large number of the in-the-cloud-and-on-premises suite's components, only two – email and the Office applications – provide significant value, a recently-released survey showed. The disconnect between usage and value was portrayed by research firm Gartner, which in mid-2017 polled more than 160 IT professionals to collect opinions on Office 365 in the enterprise. "There's a basel...
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Maersk, IBM create world's first blockchain-based, electronic shipping platform

Maersk and IBM today announced a joint venture to deploy a blockchain-based  electronic shipping system that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time. The new platform could save the global shipping industry billions of dollars a year by replacing the current EDI- and paper-based system, which can leave containers in receiving yards for weeks, according to the companies. Blockchain will enable a single view via...
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Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

A few years ago, chatbots were supposed to take over as a leading way to interact with the internet. They would live on our phones and in our messaging apps. Whenever we needed anything, all we had to do was type out a question. Things are turning out ... differently. Chatbots, bots, virtual assistants and agents are all about the conversational UI — about interacting with a computer through natural-language words and sentences. The convent...
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Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Microsoft’s documentation runs all over the place, but yesterday an announcement from ‘Softie John Cable is widely interpreted as saying that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, is now ready for business use. Gregg Keizer has details . Cable says: Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide! Full availability is the final phase of our rollout process. … Enterprise...
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The scandals of IT: Tech's year-long bumpy ride

Slideshow From sexism and racism on social media to influence peddling at Samsung and the Wild West world of distasteful YouTube videos, 2017 left a bad taste for many. Here's a look at eight tech industry scandals that burst into view. By Christina Tynan-Wood , Computerworld| Jan 11, 2018 10:35 AM PT SLIDEFEATURED PRODUCTS A year of scandal 2017 was a tough year for many. It exposed the dark side of human nature most people have long tried...
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Mingis on Tech: How networking will evolve in 2018

News Analysis From Cisco's big plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, 5G and IoT, the networking industry is in the midst of big changes. Network World's Brandon Butler explains what's happening, and why. Mingis on Tech Mingis on Tech: How networking will evolve in 2018 From Cisco's plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, IoT and 5G pilot programs, the networking industry is growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Here's what's...
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Samsung takes on Microsoft and Google with its Flip collaborative whiteboard

Samsung unveiled its take on the collaborative digital whiteboard at CES today, launching its Flip display. Digital whiteboards are getting a lot of attention from a number of large vendors, including Google, Microsoft and Cisco. All aim to replace traditional flip charts and whiteboards with touchscreen-enabled hardware designed to ease collaboration during meetings and brainstorming sessions. Up to four different participants can interact...
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Browser makers build bulwarks to stump Spectre attacks

Amid the panicked response this week to the news of significant, though not-yet-exploited, vulnerabilities in the vast bulk of the world's microprocessors, it went almost unnoticed that most browser makers responded by updating their wares in the hope of fending off possible web-based attacks. The Google-driven revelations - it was members of the search firm's Project Zero security team who identified the multiple flaws in processors design...
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Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 signals early, abbreviated Patch Tuesday

Last night Microsoft released KB 4056894 , the 2018-01 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7. Spurred by early disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities , Microsoft has done yeoman work getting the software part of the patches pushed out the Automatic Update chute. That said, Windows patches are only part of a very formidable picture. Where we stand with Windows patches As of this morning, all of the supported versions ...
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IDG Contributor Network: With an AI back end, could we create an anti-abuse OS?

This is going to seem like a huge stretch, but hear me out, because I think operating systems could become a far more powerful tool to help us moderate our own behavior than they now are. The reason I’m starting with the OS – and it could be any OS – is that it is pervasive, and it is largely within our control.  Currently, much of the monitoring that surrounds us is designed to prove wrongdoing or capture information that could be used aga...
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Rotten Apple

Golly! Some people are excited about being able to take advantage of Apple’s “generous” offer of cheap batteries for earlier-model iPhones. Give me a break. Apple deliberately ripped you off by slowing down out-of-date iPhones. It’s time to stop drinking Cupertino’s Kool-Aid and see Apple for what it really is: rotten. To get you up to speed if you spent the holiday season having a good time rather than watching technology news: A user disc...
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Will Google kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?

If we learned anything in 2017, it’s this: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. You may have heard, for example, that Google is preparing a new unified operating system to replace Chrome OS (the operating system that powers Chromebooks) and Android (the operating system that powers most smartphones). Facts and forecasts are often packed together to persuade you of the premise that Google intends to replace Chrome OS and Androi...
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Apple makes its intent on the battery fiasco clear. And not in the way it wanted.

As a longtime fan of Apple products and the company's mastery of marketing strategy, I was initially in Apple's corner when it confirmed that it had been deliberately slowing down older iPhones. It was the only way to halt a much worse problem, namely that the devices would periodically shut down without notice. This all happened because the batteries would weaken over time. But when Apple issued its "apology" on Thursday (Dec. 28), it went...
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High-demand tasks for the Surface Book 2 swamp a plugged-in battery

Woody on Windows By Woody Leonhard , Columnist, Computerworld | Dec 28, 2017 5:04 AM PT News Analysis In a surprising, and disappointing, demo from Digital Trends, a plugged-in Surface Book 2 running common but demanding tasks shows battery drain. Mark Coppock at Digital Trends has just published the results of a series of tests that he ran on Microsoft’s flagship Surface Book 2. Running Destiny 2 at high resolution/frame rate, or Adobe Pre...
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