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  • Microsoft (finally) delivers service pack-like Windows 10 1909
    by Gregg Keizer on November 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday released Windows 10 1909, a feature update that has little in the way of new features.Also dubbed "Windows 10 November 2019 Update" - the 1909 moniker noted its year and month, even though the release was actually 1911 - the upgrade was immediately available to those who sought it.(On an unmanaged PC, select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, choose Check for updates and then pick Download and install now.)[ Related: Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ]On consumer PCs running Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro systems not overseen by IT, 1909 will be installed only when the user chooses "Download and install now." However, as the current edition nears its support expiration, Microsoft will take charge and start an upgrade. Computerworld has forecast that Microsoft won't begin force-feeding 1909 to users until late January, when it begins upgrading machines running Windows 10 1809. (On Windows 10 Home and Pro, 1809 drops […]

  • Apple introduces its new 16-in. MacBook Pro
    by Jonny Evans on November 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS – Apple’s new 16-in. MacBook Pro, unveiled today, replaces the 15-in. model with revamped hardware that delivers up to 80% better performance – and a new Magic Keyboard. The company also confirmed that it plans to ship the long-expected Mac Pro in “December."Everyone is talking about the new laptop I’m at the Jamf JNUC conference here this week and the new Mac is the talk of the day among delegates, many of whom are already trying to figure out if they can convince their companies to order one for them.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Welcome to Insider Pro
    by Dan Muse on November 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    For more than 50 years, IDG has earned the trust of its readers with authoritative coverage of the technology industry. Insider Pro is the natural evolution of the insightful coverage our publications have produced for decades.

  • Patch Tuesday arrives with Access error, 1909 in tow, and a promise of no more 'optional' patches this year
    by Woody Leonhard on November 13, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly included references to a re-released version of Windows 10 1809. That version of Windows has not been re-released.The patches haven’t yet been out for 24 hours and already we’re seeing a lot of activity. Here’s where we stand with the initial wave of problems.Malicious Software Removal Tool installation error 800B0109  Many early patchers found that the MSRT, KB 890830, kept installing itself over and over again. Poster IndyPilot80 says:To read this article in full, please click here

  • Truebill can help you manage your finances—and it’s free to download
    by DealPost Team on November 13, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Learning how to manage your money correctly is a necessary step towards financial freedom. However, we always seem to forget about online subscription services that go unused. Perhaps you haven’t watched Netflix or forgot to cancel a one-month free trial; if you have these services set to autopay, you’ll end up wasting money on them each month. Let’s be honest, though. Who has the time to hunt down every payment or fee that gets charged to them monthly? This is hassle enough for a single bank account, but it’s nearly impossible to do if you manage multiple accounts manually. If you want a refined way to track and manage your finances, you can download Truebill for free and start lowering your monthly payments today.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Atlassian expands Jira Service Desk to non-IT biz teams
    by Matthew Finnegan on November 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Atlassian has expanded the focus of its Jira Service Desk to target a wider range of business teams, such as HR, legal and facilities workers. Jira Service Desk, launched six years ago to help IT teams track and resolve service requests quickly, has since been integrated with the Australian software company’s portfolio of apps, such as Confluence, as well as third-party apps like Slack. It is the fastest growing product in Atlassian’s portfolio. To read this article in full, please click here

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  • 5 hidden Windows 10 features you should be using
    by Howard Wen on November 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    If you’ve been using Windows 10 for a while, you probably know about Cortana and OneDrive. But there are other, powerful features built into Windows 10 that you might not know about or have thought to use. These tools can help you jump right into a document or web page you accessed in the past, organize your opened applications, take notes that you can view and edit on your smartphone, and more.Snip & Sketch: Capture and edit screenshots like a proTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

  • Gone but not forgotten
    by Sharky on November 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    It’s the waning days of the dot-com era, and this pilot fish is working at a startup whose codebase is maintained on a Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) server. Until the day it goes missing.A programmer had decided to completely refresh his desktop computer development workspace by deleting the workspace files and then doing a resync with the VSS server version of the codebase. But for some reason all VSS users have root access on the server, and the programmer somehow manages to purge the entire codebase. Oh, did we mention that no backup was being done on that VSS server?From the things-could-be-worse files, we can tell you that other programmers had a copy of the codebase on their desktop computers in various states of revision, allowing them to rebuild the codebase on the server — which from then on had limited root access.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on November 13, 2019 at 1:17 am

    The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company 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 1909, known as the November 2019 Update — with the most recent updates on top.(Note that Microsoft has not yet begun actively pushing 1909 to users. You can seek out and install the release on your PC, but why rush things? In fact, we recommend keeping 1909 off your machine for now to avoid any bugs that may crop up with the new release.)To read this article in full, please click here

  • Google ponders shaming slow websites inside Chrome
    by Gregg Keizer on November 12, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Google this week said it may identify slow-loading websites in Chrome, shaming their developers to up their game."In the future, Chrome may identify sites that typically load fast or slow for users with clear badging," wrote a trio of Chrome developers - Addy Osmani, Ben Greenstein and Bryan McQuade - in a post to the Chromium blog. They used the term badging to refer to on-screen cues and clues. "This may take a number of forms and we plan to experiment with different options, to determine which provides the most value to our users."To read this article in full, please click here

  • Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
    by Preston Gralla on November 12, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) started to roll out, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 1909, 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 switched to a new format with version 1903, released in May 2019. The code names now use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 1909, which was released in November 2019, was code-named “19H2” (for second half of 2019). The next feature update, due in the spring of 2020, is code-named 20H1.To read this article in full, please click here

  • IBM: ‘Mac users are happier and more productive’
    by Jonny Evans on November 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS – IBM stole the show at the annual Jamf Nation User Conference this week when it announced that Mac users are more likely to stay with the company and will be more productive while they're there.IBM’s happy Apple orchestra IBM CIO Fletcher Previn talked up fresh IBM findings that show those of its employees who use Macs are more likely to stay with IBM and exceed performance expectations compared to PC users.The details of his claims are:There are 22% more macOS users who exceeded expectations in performance reviews, compared to Windows users. High-value sales deals tend to be 16% larger for macOS users, compared to Windows users. macOS users are 17% less likely to leave IBM, compared to those who use Windows. MacOS users are happier with the third-party software availability within IBM — just 5% of macOS users ask for additional software, compared to 11% of Windows users. It’s possible these claims reflect some other difference between Mac and PC […]

  • 22 worthwhile ways to use Google Assistant on a Chromebook
    by JR Raphael on November 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    If you've blinked at any point in the past few months, I hate to tell ya, but you've probably missed something significant with the Google Assistant.Every few weeks, it seems, Assistant's either showing up on some new sort of device or expanding what it's able to accomplish. And really, it's no surprise: Assistant, as we've discussed approximately 72 gazillion times before, is increasingly the focus of almost everything Google does these days — and for good reason.To read this article in full, please click here

  • An exorcism at Microsoft
    by Preston Gralla on November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Satya Nadella has been Microsoft CEO for more than five years, having replaced Steve Ballmer in February 2014. Along the way, he’s made dramatic changes in the way Microsoft operates, doing things that Ballmer likely never would have done, including writing off, for $7.6 billion in 2015, Ballmer’s Nokia acquisition.But at Microsoft’s recent annual Ignite developers conference, Nadella took actions that killed off Ballmer’s ghost — Microsoft now is clearly Nadella’s company, and Ballmer’s influence has been laid to rest. None of the actions was dramatic in its own right, but taken together, they show just how little of Ballmer’s legacy is left at Microsoft.To read this article in full, please click here

  • FAQ: Microsoft sharpens Edge
    by Gregg Keizer on November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Microsoft will release the polished version of its overhauled Edge browser in less than 10 weeks.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

  • Bitcoin, blockchain jobs remain unfilled as interest drops off
    by Lucas Mearian on November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    While the number of jobs related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin has skyrocketed in the past four years, the number of searches for those jobs has  drastically dropped recently, according to job search site Indeed.Over the past year, the share of cryptocurrency- and blockchain-related job postings per million has slowed on Indeed, increasing 26%. At the same time, the share of searches per million for jobs in the field has decreased by 53%. IndeedA year ago, Indeed's data similarly showed interest in blockchain development skills, including the creation of cryptocurrencies, had waned as bitcoin's value - and the hype around it - fell off.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Time-Machine Tuesday: She’s in the dark most days
    by Sharky on November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    This help desk pilot fish works for a service company that handles support for a group of travel agents.“User calls to report that her terminal screen is blank,” fish reports. “After I run through several procedures for about 45 minutes to no avail, I ask user to look on the back of the monitor for model and serial numbers.“User tells me that she is unable to see the model or serial numbers. When I ask why, she says her office is dark and she can’t see anything.“I then learn from her that the electricity is off in the building due to a power failure in the area. She also informs me that she’s calling from her cellphone because her office phone is not working.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Apple is changing the world of enterprise IT
    by Jonny Evans on November 11, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I spoke with the CEO of one of Apple’s most recently announced enterprise mobility partners, Sunil Patro, founder and CEO at SignEasy, to learn more about Apple’s commitment to enterprise technology – and the growing importance of India to the tech economy.Apple is an enterprise company Apple’s focus on enterprise computing is intensifying, much to the surprise of the old guard in IT, for whom Macs, iPads and iPhones will always be “toys," despite their proven effectiveness in the real world.I believe it was the iPad that really drove Apple into the enterprise; that trickle has become a flood and it means you’ll find Apple platforms in most businesses today.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Patch Tuesday alert: Make sure Windows Auto Update is temporarily disabled
    by Woody Leonhard on November 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    For those of you who haven’t patched since May, there’s exceedingly bad news on the horizon. Per Catalin Cimpanu at ZDNet, Metasploit’s working-but-just-barely BlueKeep exploit is about to get a significant bug fix. That'll put BlueKeep infection capabilities in the hands of mere mortals. The script kiddies won’t be far behind. If you’re using — or you know someone who’s using — Windows XP, Vista, Win7, Server 2003, Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2, get patched now. The fix is easy. Even  Aunt Martha can handle it.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Facebook’s Libra co-creator: Social, financial data will remain separate
    by Lucas Mearian on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

    The co-creator of Facebook's Libra says that once the blockchain-based digital currency is launched users' social media information – and financial data tied to the stablecoin – will not be connected in any way.Christian Catalini, the head economist at Calibra, the Facebook subsidiary in charge of the launch of Libra and its associated online digital wallet, said that from the beginning the plan for the cash-backed cryptocurrency was to profit from advertising and not the sale of private data.To read this article in full, please click here

  • The jig is up
    by Sharky on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

    It’s back 40 years ago, and this pilot fish is working in the repair department of a company that manufactures microwave transmitting equipment for the telecom industry. (But it’s 40 years ago, so you all should know who uses this stuff.)One bright morning, fish has a transmitter board in a jig so he can test it, and no matter what he does, the readings aren’t coming out right. Fish opens the jig to see if there’s a problem, and finds that one of the wires going to the power supply is just barely hanging on by a thread. He sees evidence of arcing that would explain why the readings are messed up.Confident that the tech assisting him has thrown the circuit breaker, fish reaches in to tighten the connection.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Why is everybody talking about 6G?
    by Mike Elgan on November 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    We're not even using 5G yet, and already 6G is in the news. What is 6G? Is it real? When do we all get it? (Spoiler alert: Nonexistent, no and a long time from now.)

  • Zoho launches WorkDrive to put greater focus on teamwork
    by Matthew Finnegan on November 8, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Zoho has overhauled its cloud-based file management platform, placing greater emphasis on team collaboration and offering a single repository for documents across its portfolio of apps.The company, which sells a range of office productivity and line-of-business applications, has offered Zoho Docs as its main file management tool for storing and accessing documents such as spreadsheets or presentations, similar to Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.[ Related: 6 tips for scaling up team collaboration tools ]Although Zoho Docs included sharing capabilities, it was aimed more at individual users. With the launch of WorkDrive this week, Zoho wants to make it easier for colleagues to collaborate on documents created in its Office suite of tools: Writer, Sheet and Show. To read this article in full, please click here

  • This 11-course Microsoft & Oracle SQL certification prep bundle is only $39 today
    by DealPost Team on November 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    If you’re interested in a career in data administration, you’re in luck! Nowadays, companies handle larger data sets than ever before, so the need for data experts is higher than ever. Whether you’re new to the field or you want to brush up on your database management skills, this $39 bundle is for you. The Complete Microsoft & Oracle SQL Certification Bundle features 11 courses on how to become a skilled database administrator. One of the most popular relational database management systems is Microsoft SQL Server, and you’ll learn the basics behind this tool such as modifying data and combining data sets in Microsoft 70-461: Querying SQL Server 2012. Alternatively, you can specialize in Oracle, another popular RDBMS, by completing Oracle 12c OCP 1Z0-061: SQL Fundamentals. Once you’ve completed either of these, you can pursue advanced SQL certifications to design data warehouses, design business intelligence solutions, and more. To read […]

  • Tech event calendar 2019: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos
    by Ken Mingis on November 8, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location Microsoft Ignite Ignite 2019 offers insights and skills from tech leaders and professionals in a variety of IT areas, including cloud, data, BI, collaboration and productivity. 2019-11-04 2019-11-08 Orlando, FLSpinnaker Summit This event is geared for users of Spinnaker, the open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes. 2019-11-16 2019-11-17 San Diego, CAGOTO Copenhagen 2019 This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. 2019-11-18 2019-11-20 Copenhagen, DenmarkDreamforce Annual conference for Salesforce customers, featuring keynotes, training, certification opportunities, hands-on demos, and more. 2019-11-19 2019-11-22 San Francisco, CAInfo-Tech LIVE Las Vegas Aimed at IT execs looking to improve business and IT alignment throughout their organizations. 2019-11-19 2019-11-21 Las Vegas, NVThe AI Summit With more than 200 […]

  • Why you should begin using Sign in with Apple
    by Jonny Evans on November 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Apple has published a lot of information explaining how its newly introduced Sign in With Apple service solves a problem most of us didn’t know existed – something many of us would very much like to solve.Who watches the watchmen? The issue: Most social sign-in services act a little like user-tracking honey pots: You come to use a website or service and stay because the people providing the authorization use that moment to gather even more information about what you do.What happens is that the persistent identity used by those services can be combined with other data to identify where you go, what you look for and more. It sounds innocuous enough, but over time the individual profiles grow, and can be leaked, stolen or sold – and you don’t know by whom or to whom.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence
    by JR Raphael on November 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Google's Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental "browser in a box," to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google's once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world's most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.I've been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who's studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.To read this article in full, please click here

  • The Pixel 4's power-plunging puzzle
    by JR Raphael on November 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Fountains of virtual ink have been spilled over the Pixel 4's stamina and how the phone's battery life isn't all that it could be.Me? After living with the Pixel 4 for a few weeks now, I'm not quite as down on its staying power as some folks were whilst working up early reviews of the device. I think somewhere between "okay" and "borderline acceptable" sums up my experience with the phone's endurance thus far: I'm consistently making it through what I'd call full typical days for me, at this point, but I'm sometimes cutting it closer than I'd like by the end of the day — something that certainly doesn't inspire confidence about how the phone might fare when I'm traveling or having another sort of day with unusually high usage.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Peace of mind (but nothing else)
    by Sharky on November 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

    It’s 20 years ago or so and this pilot fish is at a client’s site fixing something, when the office manager asks if he could double-check the office backup as long as he’s there. Sure, says fish. Office manager then puts a tape in the tape drive of his PC and double-clicks an icon, after which a black window flashes on screen, but just for a fraction of a second.“That's it!” says the office manager. “Fast, huh?” This doesn’t pass fish’s smell test — how much data could possibly be backed up in less than a second? So he tells the OM, Let me take another look. He peers closely as that screen flashes up briefly once again.And he sees that it says: “Bad command or filename.”To read this article in full, please click here

 

 

 

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