• LinkedIn: 'Blockchain developer' is the No. 1 emerging job
    by Lucas Mearian on December 13, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    LinkedIn today revealed its top five emerging careers and – in concert with other recent data – found that blockchain developer is at the top of the list.Job listings for those who can create distributed ledgers using a peer-to-peer topology – blockchain's construct – have grown 33-fold in the past year, according to LinkedIn's 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report. In distant second place are machine learning engineers, positions for which have grown 12-fold over the same period.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Import a Word Document into Google Docs
    by Brady Gavin on December 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm


  • The Best Percussion Massagers For Your Sore Muscles
    by Caroline Stewart on December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm


  • Take Your Projector On The Go With These Accessories
    by Andrew Heinzman on December 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm


  • NVIDIA Updates the SHIELD with Amazon Music, Quick Settings, and 5.1 YouTube Audio
    by Michael Crider on December 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm


  • How to Control When a Picture Appears in PowerPoint
    by Marshall Gunnell on December 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm


  • Philips Hue Bulbs No Longer Turn On Automatically After a Power Outage
    by Craig Lloyd on December 13, 2018 at 3:18 pm


  • Amazon is Selling the Chromecast Again After Three Years
    by Cameron Summerson on December 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm


  • Apple discusses its approach to enterprise IT
    by Jonny Evans on December 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Apple explained a little about its approach to enterprise IT in a recent chat with the Mac Admin podcast.Apple’s enterprise IT in focus Apple’s Jeremy Butcher (Enterprise Product Marketing) and Doug Brooks (Mac Hardware Product Marketing) articulated Apple’s position. They discussed the T2 chip and Apple Business Manager during the podcast.What they had to say was focused on the needs of IT administrators more than anything else. Their focus was very much on the three pillars of integration, system management and security, with particular regard to the Secure Boot process.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Configure Mail Settings for iPhone and iPad
    by Oliver Haslam on December 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm


  • The Best Smart Bulbs For Your Amazon Echo
    by Craig Lloyd on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm


  • How to Digitize Your Old Film Photos
    by Harry Guinness on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm


  • Why Doesn’t Microsoft Just Give Up on Cortana?
    by Chris Hoffman on December 13, 2018 at 11:40 am


  • Throwback Thursday: Info sharing, meet sharing info
    by Sharky on December 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This manufacturing company decides it's finally time to start sharing information between different operations, according to a pilot fish on the scene."Specifically, we wanted to give inventory data from the warehouse to the manufacturing facility," fish says. "It would be used two ways, and as is typical of a large company, two independent groups were tasked to perform the two functions."The first group's job: take an existing shop-floor, just-in-time application and add warehouse inventory data to the things the app considers when deciding which of the in-house orders to make next.The second group's task: take an existing sales-projection program and bring in inventory data to allow orders to be placed for various products.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: What TV Show First Introduced Virtual Reality As A Plot Device?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 13, 2018 at 7:02 am


  • Android security audit: An easy-to-follow annual checklist
    by JR Raphael on December 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Android security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.As we've discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are overly sensationalized accounts tied to theoretical threats with practically zero chance of actually affecting you in the real world. If you look closely, in fact, you'll start to notice that the vast majority of those stories stem from companies that — gasp! — make their money selling malware protection programs for Android phones. (Pure coincidence, right?)To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Fix Mac Startup Problems Using Recovery Mode
    by Anthony Heddings on December 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm


  • The Best Portable Printers For Printing On The Go
    by Andrew Heinzman on December 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm


  • Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings
    by Woody Leonhard on December 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Yesterday, Microsoft’s “B Week” Patch Tuesday, we saw a fairly small set of patches — “small” being a relative designation. There are 194 December updates in the Microsoft Catalog, with 39 separately identified security holes (CVEs), and with every supported version of Windows, Office and .Net getting a dose. We also got a new Security Advisory, which lists two new Servicing Stack Updates. As usual, Martin Brinkman at has a full breakdown.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge
    by JR Raphael on December 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    It's tough to talk about Android security without venturing into sensational terrain.A large part of that is due to the simple fact that the forces driving most Android security coverage are companies that make their money by selling Android security software — and thus companies with strong interests in pushing the narrative that every Android phone is on the perpetual brink of grave, unfathomable danger. Plus, let's face it: A headline about 70 gazillion Android phones being vulnerable to the MegaMonsterSkullCrusher Virus is far more enticing than one explaining the nuanced realities of Android security.In actuality, though, Android security is a complex beast — one with multiple layers in place to protect you and one that almost never warrants an alarmist attitude. I've been covering Android security closely since the platform's earliest days, and I've busted more myths and called out more shameless publicity stunts than I can even count at this point.To read this […]

  • Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence
    by JR Raphael on December 12, 2018 at 4:20 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 her […]

  • The Best Smartphone Accessory Stocking Stuffers
    by Jennifer Allen on December 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm


  • How to Toggle and Customise Conversation View in Outlook
    by Rob Woodgate on December 12, 2018 at 3:24 pm


  • BrandPost: ICBC (Asia) Leverages Cutting-edge Technology to Drive Cross-border Financial Upgrades and Development
    by Brand Post on December 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Cross-border finance has become a new growth point of ICBC (Asia)Cross-border finance is developing rapidly thanks to the opening up of China’s capital market, opportunities brought by “Belt and Road Initiative”, and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Take Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) as an example. ICBC (Asia) started its cross-border RMB business in 2013. By the end of 2017, the bank had established partnership with more than 500 enterprise customers, supported the settlement of near 20 currencies, processed more than CNY36 trillion RMB settlement, had more than CNY30 billion total deposit, and achieved double-digit growth in relevant businesses.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Upload Multiple Files to Dropbox at Once Using an iPhone or iPad
    by Oliver Haslam on December 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm


  • The Best Toy Drones For Under $50
    by Michael Crider on December 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm


  • What are Crushed Shadows and Blown Highlights?
    by Harry Guinness on December 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm


  • Now Windows 10 Has C, B, and D Updates. What is Microsoft Smoking?
    by Chris Hoffman on December 12, 2018 at 11:40 am


  • Google Smart Lock: The complete guide
    by JR Raphael on December 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Think fast: How many times a day do you pick up your phone to look at something? Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self-control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between "quite a few" and "more than any sane person could count." Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you're doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen.And that's to say nothing of the number of times you type your password into your laptop or enter your credentials into an app or website during the day. Security's important, but goodness gracious, it can be a real hassle.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • So you think anyone will want this 'timesharing' stuff?
    by Sharky on December 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Flashback to the days when the mainframe is king, punch cards are the standard medium for programs, and timesharing terminals are a huge boon for programmer productivity, according to a pilot fish who was there."Timesharing was available only during scheduled hours, and not available during peak production times at night or weekends," fish says."But in order to complete testing for a special project, I needed timesharing to be made available during non-scheduled hours, along with access to the CPU and tape drives for three consecutive weekends."The project is very important to fish's boss, so there's no problem getting the resources allocated. But then another programmer, who's working over the weekend, finds out that timesharing is available.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Apple's App Store privacy efforts are backfiring big time
    by Evan Schuman on December 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

    There have been some complaints recently about how the Apple App Store handles privacy. Although Apple is trying to position itself as the consumer-privacy-friendly company — in stark contrast to Google, primarily — some have complained that it is doing it in far too heavy-handed a way.But what struck me as most interesting about the situation is how many companies have been hurt when, for example, an app that a company needs suddenly goes missing from the App Store, with no indication of when it will return or, well, just about any information at all.Do these companies abandon the app and standardize on some other app? That can take quite some time and be disruptive and costly. It's also infuriating if the original app suddenly returns the day before the new, more expensive app is supposed to roll out. Apple's corporate attitude of "We'll tell you nothing until we feel like it" is a real problem if Apple expects companies to rely on its business apps.To read this article […]

  • Steam And Epic Are In A Game Store Battle, And Players Win
    by Michael Crider on December 12, 2018 at 9:04 am


  • Geek Trivia: An Outbreak In Which Multiplayer Video Game Attracted the Attention of Epidemiologists?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 12, 2018 at 7:02 am


  • Google will shut down Fusion Tables
    by Sharon Machlis on December 11, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Google is shutting down its Fusion Tables cloud service, a Google Drive option that offered an easy way to create online visualizations, especially maps. Google announced today that the service will end on Dec. 3, 2019, and "maps using the Fusion Tables Layer in the Maps JavaScript API v3.37 will start to see errors in August 2019." The news highlights the risks of relying on "free" cloud services from for-profit private companies."Mapserver, Geoserver, PostGIS, GEOS, and all the other open source software you were using 9 years ago when Google Fusion Tables was the new hotness are still available [and] will not be shut down next year," taunted open-source advocate Paul Ramsey on Twitter.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What's in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla looks over users' shoulders, suggests tools and add-ons
    by Gregg Keizer on December 11, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Mozilla released Firefox 64 for Windows, macOS and Linux with an embedded recommendation system that spotlights features and suggests specific add-ons based on how users work the browser and where they steer it on the web.Engineers also patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox. Two were marked "Critical," Mozilla's highest threat ranking. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla said in the advisory posted to the web.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Back Up Your Mac’s Photo Library to An External Drive
    by Anthony Heddings on December 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm


  • Watch Out: Clicking “Check for Updates” Still Installs Unstable Updates on Windows 10
    by Chris Hoffman on December 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm


  • Microsoft Teams gains ground on Slack
    by Matthew Finnegan on December 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Two years after its launch, Microsoft Teams is outpacing team chat rival Slack – largely thanks to Teams’ free availability as part of Office 365 subscriptions. That’s according to a survey of 900 IT decision makers in North America and Europe conducted by Spiceworks. The results indicate that Teams is now the second most popular business chat app and is used by 21% of respondents, up from 3% in a similar Spiceworks survey in 2016. That ranks it ahead of third-place Slack, the popular standalone team chat tool in use by 15% of businesses polled. (That represents a slight increase from 13% in 2016.)[ Related: Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals]The most popular tool is another Microsoft app, Skype for Business. It’s used by 44% of surveyed businesses, up from 36% two years ago. Another rival, Google Hangouts (now Google Hangouts Chat), meanwhile, saw use drop to 11%, from 16% two years ago. Facebook’s Workplace […]

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on December 11, 2018 at 7:50 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 All-In-One Tool Kits
    by Michael Crider on December 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm


  • How to Use Google Lens on the iPhone
    by Craig Lloyd on December 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm


  • New Android Trojan Steals Your Money Using PayPal’s Official App
    by Cameron Summerson on December 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm


  • 5 reasons to remain skeptical about 5G in 2019
    by JR Raphael on December 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Have you heard? Some vaguely defined but super-snazzy-sounding thing called 5G is, like, totally coming to knock your socks off any second now. It's gonna speed up your phone, revolutionize your productivity, and probably even lower your cholesterol.Okay, so maybe some of that is pure poppycock. But you know what? So is the very idea that 5G is anything an average person should get excited about — or consider adopting — in the coming year.You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. After all, the mobile tech marketing machine has been revving up considerably over these past few weeks, pushing out all sorts of spectacular-sounding narratives about how 5G is going to change the way we work, live, and lather. (Again, at least one of those items is my own nonsensical creation, but I'd argue that all of them are equally absurd.)To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The PlayStation Classic Gets Hacked for Easy USB-Based Game ROMs
    by Michael Crider on December 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm


  • The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Has 10GB of RAM, Faster Charging, and a $699 Price Tag
    by Cameron Summerson on December 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm


  • How to Prevent Microsoft Edge From Preloading on Windows 10
    by Brady Gavin on December 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm


  • Will 2019 be the year of the Mac?
    by Jonny Evans on December 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    iPhone maker Apple makes lots of other products, including Macs, and the next 12 months could see some of the strongest Mac sales for some time as millions of aging Windows machines still used in enterprise IT are upgraded to a more advanced computing platform.Time for the Mac halo to return First there was the Mac halo, then the iPod came along, which created its own halo and built interest in iPhones. Then Apple broke into the enterprise with iPad. History repeats itself. In 2019, the halo returns to the Mac.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Review: 4 wireless chargers for both smartphone and watch
    by Lucas Mearian on December 11, 2018 at 11:01 am

    While there may be more than a dozen multi-device wireless chargers technically available now, most do not charge both smart watches and smartphones – and most of the companies who make them could not actually provide units for review since they're bring offered through crowdfunding projects.As a result, we're limiting this review to multi-device chargers from three stalwart companies and a start-up that promptly shipped over a review unit.[ Further reading: Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work? ]Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo Samsung The Samsung Wireless Charging Duo.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • And that was actually the CLEAN version!
    by Sharky on December 11, 2018 at 11:00 am

    It's more than a few years back, and this oilfield services company is implementing a new email filter, says a pilot fish working there."It was part of an email security product," fish says. "The filter could identify emails containing language that was not considered business appropriate."We'd had HR incidents involving inappropriate language in the past, especially from field hands emailing to office staff -- it gave a new meaning to 'crude oil workers' -- so it was decided we should enable the feature with its default settings and give it a run."Only a few hours later we received an alert that a message had been identified with inappropriate language.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
    by Preston Gralla on December 10, 2018 at 10:23 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 […]




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