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07-05-2021
Podcast: How Apple v. Epic Games could force the App Store and iPhone to change forever

Apple and Epic Games, the developer behind the popular video game Fortnite, are in court over Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store. Epic Games attempted to bypass Apple's in-app purchasing system within Fortnite, violating App Store terms. Apple removed the game from the App Store as a result. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss how this court battle could force Apple to shake up the way it runs its App Store and how it could affect the identity of the iPhone. To read this article in full, please click here

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07-05-2021
10+ Microsoft Teams tips for Mac users

No one can deny that Zoom has been ascendant for collaboration in this video-centric world, but Microsoft Teams continues to be a go-to tool for many enterprises, which means a growing army of Mac users may need to learn how to get more done using it.These tips should help users gets more from Teams.Define an Urgent message When inside a chat, click on the exclamation sign below "Type New Message" and select "Urgent" in the message options menu. This is best used sparingly, as once you create an urgent message its recipients will receive a notification that it exists every two minutes for 20 minutes; that can become annoying if abused.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-05-2021
3 wacky ways to make Android widgets more useful

Widgets, widgets, widgets. Has there ever been an Android feature so full of promise that's gone unloved by Google for so very long?Okay, so maybe there has been — erm, lots of times, actually. But even so, Android's widgets system is a perfect example of an exceptional advantage that Google basically buried, abandoned, and left on the brink of extinction up until its sudden revival in this year's upcoming Android 12 release. (And that revival, by the way, is happening for no apparent reason whatsoever. Just a totally random, unprompted change of heart after a decade of indifference. Riiiiiiiiight.)To read this article in full, please click here

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06-05-2021
Facebook's Workplace gets ‘Plugins,’ new app integrations

Facebook this week announced a handful of updates to its Workplace enterprise social network, including new video features and improved integrations with third-party applications.Among the features unveiled Tuesday are updates to a Live Q&A feature rolled out last year.  A presenter can now click on a question and get details about the person who asked it, making it easier to personalize a response. By clicking on the question, the presenter can also place it in the middle of the screen for hosts and the audience. (Employees will soon also be able to include their name pronunciation, helping to avoid mispronunciations during video Q&As.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-05-2021
With Apple's Claris, digital transformation goes to school

Just as digital transformation accelerated in the enterprise, the implementation and deployment of tech in the education sector has also accelerated, prompting Apple’s Claris subsidiary to introduce its own powerful student information system (SIS), which it calls Claris Connect for Apple School Manager.Digital tools as learning goes remote “Schools across the U.S. constantly face challenges around getting the most meaningful information out of the volumes of data gathered and processed each day—- which we are solving with Claris Connect for Apple School Manager,” Brad Freitag, CEO at Claris, said in a statement.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-05-2021
Learn how to stop cybercrime with this low cost bundle, right from the comfort of home

Every IT pro should have at least a basic understanding of cyber security. That’s because the field is constantly evolving, and it makes sense that opportunities to change your career focus could come your way. Want to explore the possibilities without dropping thousands on college tuition? Then The All-In-One Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundle is an economical alternative that lets students learn on their own terms.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-05-2021
Microsoft previews new Windows servicing APIs for enterprises

Microsoft last week launched a public preview of the APIs (application programming interfaces) that IT admins can call on to control Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, the company's latest effort to push commercial customers to adopt cloud-only servicing for Windows 10."With today's public preview release, you can use the Windows Update for Business deployment service directly through the Microsoft Graph API and associated SDKs, as well as Azure PowerShell," David Mebane, principal program manager lead with the Windows servicing group, said in an April 28 post.To read this article in full, please click here

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05-05-2021
The Epic/Apple battle shows how execs think about their business

Other than Apple’s case note slideshow, its internal emails are perhaps the only interesting thing to emerge from Epic’s assault against the App Store. They provide a glimpse into how company execs think.Android v Apple As you might expect, there’s plenty of information concerning how Apple works to differentiate iOS from Android, and a little insight into how the company sees services as a way to retain iPhone users. “I am concerned the iMessage on Android would simply serve to remove an obstacle to iPhone families giving their kids Android phones,” Apple’s Phil Schiller — now an Apple Fellow — told other executives.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-05-2021
A clever way to bring widgets into Chrome OS

Some weeks, Chrome OS gets so many new features, it feels like we're practically drowning in possibilities. And man alive, is that ever a delightful sensation (even with the metaphorical lack of oxygen).One part of the Chrome OS experience that hasn't changed much in recent years, though, is the desktop environment — y'know, the Chromebook's exceptionally humble home screen. Sure, the taskbar area (a.k.a. the Chrome OS shelf) has learned a few new tricks over time, but the desktop itself has remained vexingly blank and free from advanced functions ever since its inception.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-05-2021
Getting passwords right for you and your business

Chances are you've never heard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-63, Appendix A. But you've been using its contents from your first online account and password until today. That's because, within it, you'll find the first password rules such as requiring a combination of a lowercase and uppercase letter, a number, and a special character — and the recommendation of changing your password every 90 days.There's only one problem. Bill Burr, who originally set up these rules, thinks he blew it. "Much of what I did I now regret," Burr told the The Wall Street Journal a few years ago.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-05-2021
6 fast fixes for common Google Docs problems

Once upon a time, a word processor was little more than a blank canvas for your finger-transmitted musings: You'd open up the program, type whatever you wanted — and, well, that was pretty much it.These days, dealing with documents has practically become an art. And even though Google Docs is among the more approachable options out there (paging Microsoft Office Ribbon...), the service has grown surprisingly multilayered as of late.For the most part, that's a good thing. Docs is still generally quite easy to use, and it packs more than enough punch for most common word processing purposes. But sometimes, the layers of complexity can lead to cloud-sized headaches that are anything but light and fluffy.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-05-2021
For Windows, it’s ‘squirrel away time’

It’s that semi-annual time of the year we in AskWoody land call “squirrel away time” — time to make sure you have a copy of the ISO currently installed on your computer in case you need to reinstall it. There are a number of ways to get older versions of Windows by using a trick publicized on the Thurrott.com site. But the easiest way to grab a copy of, say, 20H2 is to go to the software download site, download a copy and store it on a spare hard drive, flash drive or external USB drive.To read this article in full, please click here

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03-05-2021
Next-gen digital whiteboards: 7 shared canvas apps for visual collaboration

Digital collaboration platforms have seen an explosion of interest over the past year, as all-remote teams look to provide better ways for employees to brainstorm, develop products, manage projects, and more. Once used mainly by software development teams, these platforms have expanded horizontally to include users from across the enterprise looking for visual collaboration tools that go beyond the basic whiteboard function found in online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex.LucidsparkTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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01-05-2021
Apple’s big iPhone 12 deal with Delta shows a path to AR

As the possible 2022 launch of Apple’s AR glasses draws nearer, enterprises continue to explore real-world uses for augmented reality, evolving new deployments at a relatively swift pace.The in-flight Apple enterprise Delta Airlines this week dropped the biggest hint of this when it announced deployment of 19,000 iPhone 12s for its in-flight staff. The airline shared some of the ways in which it expects to make use of these devices, particularly in training and catering.In short: Delta plans to use iPhones to offer immersive training experiences to staffers, featuring video, photos, and AR. Specifically, it plans to use AR to help cabin staff quickly locate where items are stowed – useful for hand luggage but even more useful when attempting to locate a flight’s worth of desserts for the meal.To read this article in full, please click here

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30-04-2021
The collective problems with videoconferencing

Disclosure: Cisco is a client of the author.Cisco these days offers up a regular cadence for updates to the company’s WebEx platform, and did so again this week. It is incredible how quickly these kinds of video platforms are advancing, especially since these tools have historically been more defined by what they can’t do than by what they can accomplish. The result is a market that has developed significant peaks and valleys.  [ Related: Do’s and don’ts of videoconferencing security ] Let’s look at some of the problems endemic to videoconferencing and the features — apparently not on anyone’s roadmap — that would make things better. To read this article in full, please click here

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