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Tuesday, Dec 12

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Microsoft's December Patch Tuesday a real yawner, so far

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Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday passel a couple of hours ago, and it looks like we can all go home and enjoy some eggnog. There were two fixed vulnerabilities for Win7, and two for Win 8.1, and the (five) supported Win10 versions had…

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Apple makes Macs great again with iMac Pro

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In what may turn out to be this year’s most significant news for Mac users, Apple managed to squeeze one more product release into the year this side of Christmas, confirming that its iMac Pro will be “available to order” from December 14.

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Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble

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Microsoft's Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed.

Dear Amazon and Google: Enough.

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Gang, we need to talk. Here in the land o' tech (no relation to the Land o' Lakes, aside from a shared love of butter), things are starting to get silly.

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Those @#$%! spoilsports!

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This pilot fish and his family vacation at a resort condominium for two weeks every year -- and getting an internet connection has been a longstanding challenge.

Monday, Dec 11

18

10 reasons why Apple should acquire Shazam

TechCrunch claims Apple will purchase leading music recognition service, Shazam. This hasn't been confirmed but here are just ten reasons such a deal makes sense:; Shazam’s Apple story Founded in 1999, Shazam first came to prominence on…

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IDG Contributor Network: Net Neutrality and people with disabilities

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A great move forward in the protection of civil rights occurred when in 1996 when the 104th Congress of the United States passed amendments the Telecommunications Act of 1934. We may not associate civil rights with telecommunications…

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It's time: Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off

It's time to make sure your computer is locked down. If history is any indication, we're going to be in for a rocky ride over the next week or two.

How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility

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Efforts to dismantle net neutrality will likely effect enterprises and the way they do business, from how mobile apps are designed to where companies choose to store data commonly accessed on mobile devices.

Thermostat Wars: The Last Degree

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Two co-workers in this IT department are locked in not-quite-mortal combat over one of the highest-stakes elements of their professional lives, reports a pilot fish on the scene: the office temperature.

Saturday, Dec 9

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With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

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Or, at least, they’re significantly more powerful than supercomputers were ten years ago. And way more powerful than desktops were five years ago.

Friday, Dec 8

23

What's in the latest Chrome update?

Google this week issued Chrome 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux, adding important security enhancements for enterprises to stress the importance the company now puts on the commercial market.

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Microsoft quietly repairs Windows Defender security hole CVE-2017-11937

Many malware researchers were surprised to find an unexpected patch on their machines yesterday. It didn’t arrive through the front door — Windows Update wasn’t involved. Instead, the new version of mpengine.dll arrived automatically,…

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Apple’s HomeKit security blunder exposes the risk of smart homes

The expression “safe as houses” will become a thing of the past if tech firms don’t get connected home security right, and the need to be incredibly watchful was visible in Apple’s latest security blunder this week.

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IDG Contributor Network: The critical path to success for the Always Connected PC

I’m a believer in the concept of the Always Connected PC largely because it fits very well into the way I work. I prefer a desktop system when I’m at home and even build my own systems. But when I’m on the road, I mostly write, browse the…

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One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative updates

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More than a year after Microsoft changed its decades-long security updating practices, enterprises running Windows 7 continue to struggle with the new system, patch experts said today.

So THAT'S who needs a DBA on the payroll!

This company manages to get by without a database administrator for more than five years with hardly anyone seeing that as a problem, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

Thursday, Dec 7

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Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10

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Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas.

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Android nostalgia: 20 once-essential apps you've probably long forgotten

Ah, memories. With the frenetic pace at which Android has evolved over the past decade, the experience of using the platform today is pretty darn different from the Android-using adventure of even just a few years ago.

Alexa for Business paves way for smart A.I. assistants at work

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Much as smartphones did in the late 2000s,voice-activated A.I. assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant appear poised to move from homes into the workplace. That’s the the idea behind this month’s launch of Alexa for Business by…

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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

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Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy.

Throwback Thursday: Who you callin' a scope creep?

Programmer pilot fish is approached by some of the company's engineers. Can fish whip up a small database to track issues on the manufacturing line as they run tests? Sure, says fish.

Wednesday, Dec 6

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What do you get when you merge a lie detector, a job application and a mobile app?

Mobile apps have certainly made a wide range of documents — including job applications, insurance claims and consumer surveys — easier to handle. But can they also silently add truth detection and emotion interpretation to increase the…

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iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

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Apple’s iOS 11 is now on almost six in 10 of the company’s mobile devices, according to new data shared by the company.

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3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone

As it stands, the market battle between Android and iPhone seems set to continue forever, but you can’t ignore that the majority of users who do switch are abandoning Google for Apple. What follows are three of the biggest reasons for…

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At last, a place that really appreciates him!

Freshly hired C++ programmer goes to work in this IT department, and in short order there's just one question on everyone's lips, according to a pilot fish working there: What the heck is it with this guy?

The best note-taking apps for Android

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Taking notes is serious business, and having the right note-taking app for your Android device can make a world of difference in your ability to stay organized. That's because a good note-taking app doesn't just help you take notes; it…

Tuesday, Dec 5

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Is your company a great place to work in IT?

Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases organizations that offer top compensation, training and access to hot technologies. Nominate an organization for the 2018 list!

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Android nostalgia: 13 once-trumpeted features that quietly faded away

Every time a new Android version arrives, a new game begins: Which of the lovingly described fresh platform features will fail to live up to its hype and then end up fading out of the foreground — either to be phased out completely or just…

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Priorities

There's a major system failure in this data center, and it's all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT, according to a consultant pilot fish who's been through this before.