• Geek Trivia: What Ubiquitous Office Application Was Originally Mac-Only?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 18, 2019 at 6:02 am


  • How to Safely Dispose of (or Sell) Smarthome Hardware
    by Josh Hendrickson on March 17, 2019 at 10:40 am


  • Geek Trivia: What Company Lobbied For A 7.5 Cent Coin?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 17, 2019 at 6:02 am


  • The Best Accessories for Your Cast Iron Pans
    by Jennifer Allen on March 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm


  • How to Use a Security Camera’s Night Vision Through a Window
    by Josh Hendrickson on March 16, 2019 at 10:40 am


  • Geek Trivia: Which Classic Boardgame Has Been Solved For All Possible Outcomes?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 16, 2019 at 6:02 am


  • Tech event calendar 2019: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos
    by Ken Mingis on March 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location SXSW Covering everything from entertainment to entrepreneurship, this sprawling conference has tracks dedicated to Tech Industry & Enterprise, Coding & Development, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Health & Medtech, and VR/AR/MR. 2019-03-08 2019-03-17 Austin, TXShare This bi-ennial event offers 500+ sessions focused on enterprise IT topics such as Pervasive Encryption, Cloud technology, Data Privacy, the API Economy and IBM Z topics. 2019-03-10 2019-03-15 Phoenix, AZEnterprise Connect Aimed at companies looking to upgrade or replace legacy systems or deploy and integrate next-gen communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. 2019-03-18 2019-03-21 Orlando, FLAGENDA19 Each year the focus of IDG's business leadership conference aligns with the most pressing business and technology issues of the day. 2019-03-18 2019-03-20 Ponte Vedra Beach, FLLibrePlanet 2019 The Free Software Foundation's […]

  • How to Reopen Closed Tabs and Windows in Safari on a Mac
    by Oliver Haslam on March 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm


  • Daily Deals: LG Gram for $1028, Cheap Desktop Accessories, Board Games, and More
    by Andrew Heinzman on March 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm


  • How to Protect Parts of a Word Document from Editing
    by Marshall Gunnell on March 15, 2019 at 2:24 pm


  • How to Start Your Own Game Server
    by Anthony Heddings on March 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm


  • Qustodio Review: Flexible Cross-Device Parental Control Software
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm


  • How to Adjust Music Equalizer on iPhone and iPad
    by Oliver Haslam on March 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm


  • What to expect at WWDC 2019 - Pt 1
    by Jonny Evans on March 15, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Apple has announced WWDC 2019 will take place in San Jose, California, in early June. What can we expect to see at the show?What is WWDC? Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) is the company’s annual developer event at which its engineers speak with the company’s vast dev community, explain what’s new within its operating systems and provide deep insight into how its systems can be used to build third-party services and products.WWDC 2019 is the thirtieth ever such event and is expected to host 6,000 people with thousands more watching news and talks from the show online.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Android Weekly: What’s Coming in Android Q (and Some Other Stuff)
    by Cameron Summerson on March 15, 2019 at 10:40 am


  • Echo chamber
    by Sharky on March 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Pilot fish gets a panicked phone call from the central control supervisor at a busy international airport. The VT420 dumb terminals are double-displaying every character typed, so that “exit,” for example, is being displayed as “eexxiitt.” Of course, when users hit Enter after typing “exit,” they get an error message regarding the unknown command “eexxiitt.”The terminals are used to enter commands to do things such as starting up and shutting down the central control software — thus the panic.Fish takes a look and sees that there’s a setup menu that lets you control the behavior of the terminal. One of the menu options — about three levels deep — is “Turn on Local Echo.” The sole purpose of Local Echo is to repeat each character typed on the keyboard.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana
    by Preston Gralla on March 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana is one of the major additions to Windows 10 — and it's a winner. Turn it on and Cortana alerts you to upcoming meetings; searches your PC and the web; tells you about the weather, news, and sports; and a lot more.To help you get the most out of Cortana, I've put together some of my favorite tips for using it — including using Cortana to manage your Google Calendar, identify the music you're listening to, and track packages and flights.Notes:This article assumes that you're already familiar with the basics of Cortana. If you want help getting started, see the Cortana section of Computerworld’s “Windows 10 cheat sheet.” Keep in mind that there have been six major updates to Windows 10 since its initial release in July 2015. This article reflects how Cortana works if you’ve installed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), so if you haven’t installed that update, what you see and read here may […]

  • Geek Trivia: What Did The First Webcam Monitor?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 15, 2019 at 6:02 am


  • Windows 10 to automatically uninstall faulty monthly updates
    by Gregg Keizer on March 14, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    The next iteration of Windows 10 will self-diagnose start-up failures and if necessary uninstall recent updates to get the PC up and running, Microsoft quietly announced in a support document earlier this week."If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose and resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes," the document said. "If all these steps are unsuccessful and your machine is still unable to start up properly, Windows will determine if the startup issue was introduced after recent driver or quality updates were installed. If so, these updates may be uninstalled automatically to get the device back to a workable state.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Office 365: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on March 14, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing this for you, so you don’t have to.Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on March 14, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    The launch of a big Windows 10 update like the October 2018 Update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1809, known as the October 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the October 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update; 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update; and finally updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.To read […]

  • The Best Free Dropbox Alternatives (For More Than 3 Devices)
    by Chris Hoffman on March 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm


  • Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
    by Preston Gralla on March 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, due to be released next spring. As it did with the October 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.After years of using "Redstone" in its code names, Microsoft is changing it up with the next release, which is code-named "19H1" (for 2019, first half) rather than "Redstone 6." What follows is a list of every preview build of Windows 10 19H1 that has been rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what’s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Disable or Delete PowerPoint Animations
    by Marshall Gunnell on March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm


  • Android Q's quietly important improvements
    by JR Raphael on March 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, hey! Wouldja look at that? Android Q is here!Well, sort of: The first Q developer preview — apparently now being called a "beta" right out of the gate — landed with a thump on these rusty ol' nets of inter Thursday afternoon. The software is far from finished, of course; this is merely an early peek at what Google's cookin' up for its next big Android version, provided mostly as a way for developers to get a head start at preparing for the release's actual arrival later this year (sometime between July and September).To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Daily News Roundup: Google Killed 2.3m Bad Ads, Microsoft Announced Game Stack for XBL, and More
    by Cameron Summerson on March 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm


  • Daily Deals: Microsoft Pi Day Sale, Pixelbook for $1120, Galaxy Note 9 for $720, and More
    by Andrew Heinzman on March 14, 2019 at 3:19 pm


  • Apple has a right to charge for space in its digital malls
    by Jonny Evans on March 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Apple’s competitors appear to be focusing their energies on undermining the 30% business model that supports its services, with Spotify and others arguing that Apple is taking too much cash and limiting competition.This isn’t just about music Think about it and it should be pretty clear this isn’t all about the music.After all, Apple pays higher music streaming artist royalties than its competitors and is not arguing that those royalties be cut.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The Best Knee Pillows for Side Sleepers
    by Jennifer Allen on March 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm


  • The Best Google Sheets Add-Ons
    by Brady Gavin on March 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm


  • IDG Contributor Network: Hands-on with HoloLens 2: It’s even better than I thought!
    by Rob Enderle on March 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    [Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]A couple of weeks back I wrote that HoloLens 2 was the beginning of a computer revolution. Last week I was able to spend some time with HoloLens 2 and I’m pleasantly surprised that the device was actually better than I thought it would be.I’ve been involved with HoloLens since it was a targeted prototype for Lawrence Livermore Labs, where they pretty much had to assemble it on your head (and it was tethered)! Now it could actually be successfully deployed by someone other than an expert.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What is maftask, and Why is it Running on my Mac?
    by Anthony Heddings on March 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm


  • Become a Griddle Master with These 20 Accessories
    by Andrew Heinzman on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm


  • How to Select and Close Multiple Chrome or Firefox Tabs at Once
    by Chris Hoffman on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm


  • Wrike: A flexible project management tool for the digital workplace
    by Matthew Finnegan on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Wrike is a digital work management tool that lets users track and coordinate projects, combining a simple user experience and interface with enough depth for power users.The software, created in 2006, is the brainchild of Write CEO Andrew Filev; at the time, he was in charge of a fast-growing consultancy business with a remote workforce. Wrike officially launched the following year. [ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ]“Wrike was borne out of my frustration with having to manage multiple teams in a distributed environment and multiple projects - I had to do it via emails and spreadsheets,” Filev said. “There was a need in the market to build a work management platform with world-class collaboration capabilities so that people can easily coordinate and prioritize and manage their work.”To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Don’t Share Your Digital Games With Your Friend’s Xbox
    by Josh Hendrickson on March 14, 2019 at 10:40 am


  • Throwback Thursday: Safety first
    by Sharky on March 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Contractor is doing some construction work in this data center and wants to keep everything safe, reports a pilot fish there.“They needed to rope off the area where the work was being done,” fish says. “They tied the rope to the safety cover of the emergency power off switch.“Of course, somebody ran into the rope and knocked the cover off. This set off the alarm.“So the workman pressed the button to turn off the alarm.“Well, the alarm was shut off — along with the entire data center.”Your story is safe with Sharky. Send me your true tale of IT life at You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Q&A: Christiana Care Health CIO talks up Apple's Health Record app
    by Lucas Mearian on March 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

    On Dec. 12, Delaware-based Christiana Care Health System went live with Apple's Health Record platform, enabling its patients to use the mobile app and gain real-time access on their iOS devices to information contained in their electronic health records (EHRs)."Then continuing to build on that, there's patient and provider messaging. Being the provider is actually relatively hard work. What do doctors do during the day? It's a serialized, high-volume engagement with patients. At the end of the day, they get to their notes and returning [patient] calls. What we're doing now with provider messaging is the ability to move that conversation to an asynchronous way. Typically, a doctor returns calls at the end of the day, so then you have patients missing that call."To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Geek Trivia: Which Video Game Featured The First Widely Known Easter Egg?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 14, 2019 at 6:02 am


  • How to Make Animated Characters in PowerPoint
    by Marshall Gunnell on March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm


  • Microsoft to soon start nagging Windows 7 users about looming end times
    by Gregg Keizer on March 13, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Microsoft in April plans to begin nagging Windows 7 users with messages that the operating system is nearing its forced retirement, the company said Tuesday."Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC," Matt Barlow, a Microsoft marketing executive, wrote in a post to a company blog.[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ]Preemptively labeling the nags "courtesy reminders," Barlow told Windows 7 users to expect them "a handful of times" between April and December. Windows 7 officially falls off support on Jan. 14, 2020.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Urgent updates for Windows and IE for March Patch Tuesday
    by Greg Lambert on March 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    This is a big month for Microsoft updates. With 64 reported vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s Patch Tuesday release, the focus is on the two zero-days for Microsoft Windows. Both Windows 7 and Windows 10 platforms are affected, leading to a “Patch Now” recommendation for both Windows and browser updates.Both of the reported zero-day vulnerabilities relate to how a core Windows system driver (Win32k) handles objects in memory and both issues could lead to arbitrary code execution on the targeted machines. Unusually, we don’t have a critical update for Adobe, and Microsoft Office has a few, low rated updates that can be scheduled into a standard release cycle.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Daily Deals: MacBook for $999, Half-Priced Google Home Mini, Mesh Wi-Fi, and More
    by Andrew Heinzman on March 13, 2019 at 3:19 pm


  • CorelDRAW returns to the Mac
    by Jonny Evans on March 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    If you’re in the market for a powerful, capable, high-end design suite, then you’ll be pleased to hear that CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 is available not only for Windows, but once again for the Mac for the first time since 2001.CorelDRAW comes back to the Mac While its appearance is rather late, the return of the Canadian firm’s graphic design suite is a welcome reflection of the expansion of Apple’s Mac since the software was taken off the platform at the beginning of the century.Corel, which worked with Apple on the project, said it took two years to develop the Mac version. This is feature-identical with the Windows version, including the capacity to open CorelDRAW files created in old versions of the suite on Windows on the Mac.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Add Streaming Audio to Your Old Speakers with These Devices
    by Andrew Heinzman on March 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm


  • March 2019 Windows and Office patches poke a few interesting places
    by Woody Leonhard on March 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Patch Tuesday has come and gone, not with a bang but a whimper. As of this moment, early Wednesday morning, I don’t see any glaring problems with the 124 patches covering 64 individually identified security holes. But the day is yet young.There are a few patches of note.Two zero days Microsoft says that two of this month’s security holes — CVE-2019-0797 and CVE-2019-0808 — are being actively exploited. The latter of these zero days is the one that was being used in conjunction with the Chrome exploit that caused such a kerfuffle last week, with Google urging Chrome browser users to update right away, or risk the slings of nation-state hackers. If you’ve already updated Chrome (which happens automatically for almost everybody), the immediate threat has been thwarted already. To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How do you say ‘zapped’ in French?
    by Sharky on March 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    It’s the big iron days of the ’70s. Pilot fish and co-workers are installing a very large IBM mainframe. The power distribution units require large 208-volt cables and connectors.A co-worker is sitting on the raised floor and connecting power cables when he picks up one of the heavy rubber cables and says, “Look at the connector writing; it’s in French.” Curious, fish reaches down and grabs the cable to see what it says. But when he pulls it up, the metal connector hits the raised floor framework and sparks fly everywhere. Fish naturally drops the cable immediately, then gets his volt-ohm-milliammeter and discovers that the metal shell of the connector is 208 volts.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • These P2P blockchain-based services want your computer — and they'll pay you
    by Lucas Mearian on March 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Utilizing blockchain's decentralized architecture, smart contracts and cryptocurrency applications, an emerging ecosystem of startups is now offering to pay companies and consumers for their computers' unused storage capacity and network bandwidth.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Mozilla launches free in-browser (any browser) file-sharing service
    by Gregg Keizer on March 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Mozilla today debuted a free file-sharing service that works with - but doesn't require - Firefox and touted the service's security and privacy traits."Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure from the moment you share to the moment your file is opened," wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's vice president of product strategy. "You can [also] choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Apple’s Box security scare shows the risk of shadow IT
    by Jonny Evans on March 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Until enterprise IT truly understands that its own internal systems need to be as easy to use as any iOS app and as easy to learn as an iPhone, potentially damaging data breaches will take place, threatening business confidentiality. Apple is not immune.Apple and the human interface The news is that information from some of the world’s biggest names in business – including Apple, Edelman and Discovery Channel – could have been accessed through Box Enterprise, which offers companies bespoke company name-based file archiving and sharing services using this URL construction:https://<companyname><filename>To read this article in full, please click her […]




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