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The need to work happy

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Fri, 26 Aug 2022 05:05:00 -0700

<p><em>Disclosure: HP is a client of the author.</em><p>At HPs <a href=" ... ogram.html" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Amplify event</a> this week (which is focused on partners), I initially got excited about an update to my favorite laptop, the HP Folio. But what really caught my attention was the <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">opening video</a>, which shows employees in a variety of locations and situations working, and having fun.<p>I often wonder if companies and their leaders realize we are in a very different world than we were before the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees are rethinking priorities and whether they are working to create unions, thinking about resigning (<a href=" ... .html">the Great Resignation</a>), or have tuned out (<a href=" ... tml">quiet quitting</a>), the goal seems to be the same a renewed focus on work/life balance.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3671150/the-need-to-work-happy.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Planned fixes for credit-card interchange fees will actually make fraud easier

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Fri, 26 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>I love it when organizations try and do something good, but dont think things through and end up delivering unintended negative consequences.<p>Todays case in point: the US Senate and the Federal Reserve, both of whom are looking to reduce high interchange costs, but are unintentionally increasing costs for merchants and sharply boosting the undiscovered fraud rate. Not bad for government work.<p>Lets start with the Senate, where Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) have crafted??<a href=" ... =1&amp;r=2" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">The </a><a href=" ... =1&amp;r=2" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Credit Card Competition Act of 2022</a><em>. </em>Its stated goal: reduce the interchange fee that financial institutions and card brands (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, etc.) charge retailers.??<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3671128/as-feds-eye-fixes-for-credit-card-interchanges-are-they-making-fraud-easier.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Android, ChromeOS, and the future of app discovery

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Fri, 26 Aug 2022 02:45:00 -0700

<p>Android and ChromeOS. ChromeOS and Android. Has there ever been a more enigmatic and question-creating couple in the mobile-tech universe?<p>From the get-go, Google's two primary platforms have been the subject of endless scorn and speculation. Folks who don't actually <em>use</em> a Chromebook and haven't experienced ChromeOS since its earliest days have <a href=" ... html">long been convinced</a> that the platform serves no practical purpose and is destined for death. For ages, the popular narrative revolved around the notion that Google was gonna somehow <a href=" ... ml">"merge" the two</a> into a single consolidated entity.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670754/android-chromeos-app-discovery.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Apple Business Essentials now supports non-App Store installs on Macs

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Thu, 25 Aug 2022 08:11:00 -0700

<p>If you blinked you might have missed it, but Apple recently introduced support for packages to its <a href=" ... tml">Apple Business Essentials</a> solution for small business IT management.<h2><strong>What is Apple Business Essentials?</strong></h2>
<p>Aimed at the 31 million or so US small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), Apple Business Essentials??lets business owners or tech support teams manage fleets of Apple devices effectively using Apples existing APIs and a nice, simple management console. The company already makes training resources for its solution available.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3671368/apple-business-essentials-now-supports-non-app-store-installs-on-macs.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

5 productivity tips for hybrid workers

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Thu, 25 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>As the world returns to the office, many people are finding themselves working in a new hybrid environment, where some of the workweek is spent at home and some is spent in the office.<p>Working from essentially two different offices can make productivity in both places challenging. <a href="" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">A collaborative study</a> from researchers at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), Stanford, the University of Chicago, and MIT found that <a href=" ... rking-home" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">six out of 10 workers reported being more productive at home</a> than they expected to be, in part because they were able to cut out commute time and unwanted conversations with chatty co-workers. The majority of respondents thought home was a great place to get some heads-down uninterrupted work done; however, many found some collaborative tasks were a bit more challenging to do from their home office.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3665891/hybrid-workplace-productivity-tips.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

The new workplace will be distributed, digital and full of purpose

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Wed, 24 Aug 2022 08:56:00 -0700

<p>On a stressed-out planet, employee wellbeing is becoming an important consideration in the workplace, and so its easy to sympathize with Apple employees rebelling (again) against the companys <a href=" ... inflexible take on flexible work</a>.<h2><strong>Flexibility empowers employees and speaks of trust</strong></h2>
<p>Flexible work has not only already proved to be productive, but to deliver significant benefits in terms of better work/life balance. It accepts the reality that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that suits all the individuals, teams, and functions that drive corporate success.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670738/the-new-workplace-will-be-distributed-digital-and-full-of-purpose.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Microsoft OneNote cheat sheet

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Wed, 24 Aug 2022 04:50:00 -0700

<p>A note-taking app can be helpful, especially if it enables you and your co-workers to collaborate on ideas. <a href=" ... taking-app" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">Microsoft OneNote</a> is an excellent tool for the job. Its pre-installed on Windows 10 and 11 and is included with a Microsoft 365 subscription. But anyone can download the app and use it for free.<p>This guide walks you through the basics of using OneNote, focusing on <a href=" ... &amp;gl=US" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">OneNote for Windows 10</a>, the version that comes with Windows 10 and 11 and thats available for download in the Microsoft Store. <a href=" ... 181958118f" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">Other available versions</a> include a more fully featured Windows desktop app, a web app, and apps for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android. These may look or function a little differently than described here, but the basic functionality is similar. This guide will describe notable differences in the features and interfaces of the web and mobile apps that will be helpful for you to know.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3406779/microsoft-onenote-cheat-sheet.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

5 out-of-sight superpowers for Google Contacts on Android

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Wed, 24 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>Quick: What's the most exciting app on your Android phone right now?<p>Just a hunch here, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Google Contacts probably wasn't your answer. And why would it be? Your phone's virtual Rolodex is about as exhilarating as a trip to the endodontist. Plus, our mobile devices have had systems for managing our contacts since way back in the prehistoric days, so it certainly doesn't seem like something to celebrate.<p>Hold the phone, though 'cause Android's current contacts setup is much more than just a dusty ol' place to dump names and numbers. The Google Contacts app has some genuinely useful advanced options that can make your life easier and make your phone more intelligent. And all you've gotta do is dig 'em up and start putting 'em to use.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670635/google-contacts-android.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Apples investments in India are beginning to reap rewards

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Tue, 23 Aug 2022 08:34:00 -0700

<p>It should by now be clear the extent to which Apple sees India as a??<a href=" ... a/#economy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">strategically important market</a>??to which it continues to commit.<h2><strong>Apples investments in India</strong></h2>
<p>The company has been extending its??<a href=" ... lationship with the nation for years</a>, so the decision to increase <a href=" ... f=M65jzF3E" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">iPhone production</a> there isnt a huge surprise in the context of creaking supply chains and ongoing geopolitical tension.??How Apple has <a href=" ... approached building business in India</a> arguably represents a strategic guide any company should follow when expanding into any developing economy.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670593/apples-investments-in-india-are-beginning-to-reap-rewards.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 13

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Tue, 23 Aug 2022 05:10:00 -0700

<p>What a long, strange trip it's been.<p>From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally time and time again. Google's mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved.<p>Here's a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform's birth to present. (Feel free to skip ahead if you just want to see whats new in <a href=" ... 2">Android 12 </a>or <a href=" ... 3">Android 13</a>.)<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3235946/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Working from home is here to stay

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Tue, 23 Aug 2022 04:30:00 -0700

<p>I used to like Malcolm Gladwell. And, I still think "<a href=" ... 0316017930" rel="nofollow">Outliers</a>," "<a href=" ... B000PAAH3K" rel="nofollow">Blink</a>," and "<a href=" ... 0316346624" rel="nofollow">The Tipping Point</a>'' are excellent books.<p>But, sometimes, even brilliant people can make dumb mistakes. Case in point: Gladwell recently said, "<a href="" rel="nofollow">It's not in your best interest to work at home.</a> I know it's a hassle to come into the office, but if you're just sitting in your pajamas in your bedroom, is that the work-life you want to live?"<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670749/working-from-home-is-here-to-stay.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

As frontline workers eye the exit, digital tools can aid staff retention

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Tue, 23 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>Despite recent concerns about a coming recession, many businesses still struggle to manage acute staffing shortages particularly those supporting a substantial frontline workforce in the retail, hospitality, and transportation industries. So employee retention has become a top priority.<p>Though workers change jobs for a variety of reasons higher pay, better career opportunities, more workplace flexibility companies are finding they have a better shot at keeping valued??frontline workers with digital tools.<p>Technology can not only help to give frontline workers a voice, it can help them feel more valued, more part of the team, and more effective, said Angela Ashenden, principal analyst at CCS Insight. This engagement can reduce staff turnover and grow community as well as a recognizable and attractive company culture.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670750/as-frontline-workers-eye-the-exit-digital-tools-can-aid-staff-retention.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Tech event calendar 2022: Upcoming US shows, conferences, and IT expos

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Mon, 22 Aug 2022 09:13:00 -0700

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<h3>Regional IT events</h3>
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<li><a href=" ... ted-states" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">All IDG US events</a></li>
<li><a href=" ... vtType=All" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">All IDC North America events</a></li>
<p>Computerworld has compiled a list of upcoming technology events for the IT industry taking place in the following weeks and months.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3313417/tech-event-calendar-shows-conferences-and-it-expos-updated.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

What excites you about Windows 11? Inquiring minds want to know....

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Mon, 22 Aug 2022 08:58:00 -0700

<p>Are you already using Windows 11? If not, are you planning to move to Windows 11 this year?<p>I want to know so I have two unofficial, unscientific surveys asking what you are most excited about when it comes to Windows 11. <a href="" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">The first survey</a> focuses on your home computer, including what OS youre using now, your upgrade plans and what you like/dislike about Windows 11.<p>For reference, Microsoft has put together a <a href=" ... ited-about" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> that recaps some of the items its excited about.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670636/what-excites-you-about-windows-11-inquiring-minds-want-to-know.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

10 lesser-known iOS 16 features to make work easier

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Mon, 22 Aug 2022 08:12:00 -0700

<p>Apple has <a href=" ... up-gurman/" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">allegedly??finished development</a>??on<a href=" ... ptcha.html"> iOS 16</a> as it prepares for an expected iPhone 14 launch event on Sept. 7. Weve looked at??<a href=" ... html">some of the benefits</a> the new mobile OS <a href=" ... ml">brings to enterprise professionals</a>;??what follows is a smattering of new features that should help you work more efficiently.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670751/10-lesser-known-ios-16-features-to-make-work-easier.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Q&A: Real estate exec sees '15-minute city' concept migrating from Europe to the US

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Mon, 22 Aug 2022 03:45:00 -0700

<p>As companies continue to wrestle with how to create an efficient and productive workforce in a remote- and hybrid-workplace world, commercial real estate is suffering from a lack of use.??<p>Office building occupancy rates among the 10 most populous US cities remain at 43.6%, well below pre-pandemic levels and notably lower than the national occupancy rate of about 67%, according to??<a class="c-link" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank" data-stringify-link="" data-sk="tooltip_parent" data-remove-tab-index="true">Kastle Systems</a>, a managed security provider to more than 10,000 companies globally.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670729/qanda-commercial-real-estate-executive-sees-the-15-minute-city-migrating-from-europe-to-the-us-and.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

10 tricks for more efficient Android messaging

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Fri, 19 Aug 2022 05:32:00 -0700

<p>No matter what type of Android phone you carry or how you usually use it, one thing is a near-universal constant:<p>You're gonna spend a ton of time sending and reading messages.<p>The messages may be from clients, colleagues, or your cousin Crissy from Cleveland (damn it, Crissy!). But regardless of who sends 'em or what they're about, they're all popping up on your phone and cluttering your weary brainspace.<p>My fellow Android adorer, I'm here to tell you there's a better way.<p>Google's <a href=" ... .messaging" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Android Messages app</a> has gotten surprisingly good over the years. That's no big secret. If you're only relying on what you see on the surface within Android Messages, though, you're missing out on some of its most powerful and underappreciated efficiency-enhancing options.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670391/android-messaging.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Robocallers are now targeting businesses. Is there any way to keep them out?

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Fri, 19 Aug 2022 04:30:00 -0700

<p>Last week, I looked at some technologies that can solve the increasingly pernicious problem of robocalls.<p>They work great for individuals, but these intrusions on our time and privacy present a different problem for people who work in offices.<p>Of late, scammers have begun transitioning to corporate phone numbers because businesses live and die by their calls, says Matthew Mizenko, a senior vice president at RoboKiller Enterprise. They <em>have</em> to answer, thus exposing them to greater risk.<p>Automatically blocking or screening unknown numbers is risky since businesses cant predict who will call or why. Theres also little they can do to block calls that go to direct-dial numbers within the organization.??<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670552/robocallers-are-now-targeting-businesses-is-there-any-way-to-keep-them-out.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

How (and why) Openreach deployed 30,000 iPhones to its engineers

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Fri, 19 Aug 2022 03:19:00 -0700

<p>Sometimes you find a digital transformation story that neatly explains the benefits and opportunities that can be unlocked when you get it right.<p>I recently spoke with Colin Lees, Chief Technology and Information Officer at??<a href="" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Openreach</a>, a??leading UK internet infrastructure company, to find out more about why the company decided to follow the <a href=" ... enterprise trend toward Apple</a> and equip 30,000 of its staffers with iPhones.<h2><strong>Who is Openreach?</strong></h2>
<p>Openreach builds, maintains, and manages the UKs internet infrastructure, which means it provides connectivity services to 25 million UK homes and businesses.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670630/how-and-why-openreach-deployed-30000-iphones-to-its-engineers.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Windows 11 Insider Previews: Whats in the latest build?

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Thu, 18 Aug 2022 13:48:00 -0700

<p><a href=" ... l">Windows 11 has been released</a>, but behind the scenes, Microsoft is constantly working to improve the newest version of Windows. The company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out and even help shape upcoming features.<p>The Windows Insider program is divided into three channels:<ul>
<li>The <strong>Dev Channel</strong> is where new features are introduced for initial testing, regardless of which Windows release theyll eventually end up in. This channel is best for technical users and developers and builds in it may be unstable and buggy.</li>
<li>In the <strong>Beta Channel</strong>, youll get more polished features that will be deployed in the next major Windows release. This channel is best for early adopters, and Microsoft says your feedback in this channel will have the most impact.</li>
<li>The <strong>Release Preview Channel</strong> typically doesnt see action until shortly before a new feature update is rolled out. Its meant for final testing of an upcoming release and is best for those who want the most stable builds.</li>
<p>The Beta and Release Preview Channels also receive bug-fix builds for the currently shipping version of Windows 11.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3623370/windows-11-insider-previews-whats-in-latest-build.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Podcast: Huge Apple Watch update

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Thu, 18 Aug 2022 11:24:00 -0700

<p><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Join Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon as they discuss the latest Apple Watch rumors, new features and why this could be the biggest update ever.&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:13119,&quot;3&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:0},&quot;4&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:16777215},&quot;5&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:[{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;5&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0}},{&quot;1&quot;:0,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;3&quot;:3},{&quot;1&quot;:1,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;4&quot;:1}]},&quot;6&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:[{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;5&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0}},{&quot;1&quot;:0,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;3&quot;:3},{&quot;1&quot;:1,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;4&quot;:1}]},&quot;7&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:[{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;5&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0}},{&quot;1&quot;:0,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;3&quot;:3},{&quot;1&quot;:1,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;4&quot;:1}]},&quot;8&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:[{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;5&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0}},{&quot;1&quot;:0,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;3&quot;:3},{&quot;1&quot;:1,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;4&quot;:1}]},&quot;11&quot;:4,&quot;12&quot;:0,&quot;15&quot;:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;16&quot;:14}">Join Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon as they discuss the latest Apple Watch rumors, new features and why this could be the biggest update ever.</span><p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670551/huge-apple-watch-update.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Productivity and the risks of quiet quitting

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Thu, 18 Aug 2022 08:20:00 -0700

<p>I was just wrapping my head around whats been happening with the <a href=" ... tml">Great Resignation</a> when I became aware of a new trend: <a href=" ... -rcna43097" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">quiet quitting</a>. While the term is new, the concept isnt; its similar to the <a href="" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Flu</a> in law enforcement. Basically, quiet quitting involves a critical number of employees who do just the minimum to keep their jobs. As a result, productivity takes a hit.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670631/productivity-and-the-risks-of-quiet-quitting.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

As businesses embrace fully-remote work, does company culture suffer?

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Thu, 18 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>A growing number of companies have instituted policies allowing any employee to work fully remote, including <a href=" ... 8aa4315e44" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>, <a href=" ... t-facebook" rel="nofollow">Meta</a> (<a href=" ... -work.html" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>), <a href=" ... -anywhere/" rel="nofollow">Airbnb</a>, <a href=" ... -their-way" rel="nofollow">3M</a>, <a href=" ... 2020-8?amp" rel="nofollow">Atlassian</a>, <a href=" ... -workplace" rel="nofollow">Lyft</a>, <a href=" ... rk-at-sap/" rel="nofollow">SAP</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Slack</a>, <a href=" ... m-anywhere" rel="nofollow">Spotify</a>, and??<a href="" rel="nofollow">VMware</a>. Many are taking a cue??from employees who want to work in a fully virtual world, choosing to shutter offices and manage remotely; other organizations have permanently closed offices that were only used infrequently by a small number of employees.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670097/as-businesses-embrace-fully-remote-work-does-company-culture-suffer.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge

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Thu, 18 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>It's tough to talk about Android security without venturing into sensational terrain.<p>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.<p>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 <a href="">busted more myths</a> and <a href=" ... ml">called out more shameless publicity stunts</a> than I can even count at this point.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3289768/android-security-analysis-advice-next-level-knowledge.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

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Wed, 17 Aug 2022 10:42:00 -0700

<p>Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of <a href=" ... tml">major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10</a>, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its <a href=" ... l">Windows Insider Program</a>, allowing them to test out and even help shape upcoming features.<p>Windows Insiders can choose to receive preview builds in one of three channels. The Dev Channel is where new features are introduced for initial testing, regardless of which Windows release theyll eventually end up in. The Beta Channel lets you test more polished features that will be deployed in the next major Windows release. Insiders in the Dev and Beta Channels are now testing Windows 11 builds.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3118132/windows-10-insider-previews-a-guide-to-the-builds.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Collaboration application spending grows in the face of economic uncertainty

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Wed, 17 Aug 2022 08:33:00 -0700

<p>Global spending on <a href="" rel="nofollow">collaboration applications grew by 28.4%</a> year on year in 2021, generating sales of $29.1 billion, according to a new report from IDC.<p>It was the fifth consecutive year the market experienced double-digit growth, with sales up $6.5 billion from <a href=" ... html">IDCs estimate</a> of the collaboration application market last year.<p>Although formal work-from-home orders are no longer in place, the <a href=" ... popularity of hybrid and remote work</a> models has continued to prevail at companies across the globe, leading organizations to expand the use of collaboration software to more employees. In addition, the purchase and integration of multiple applications to better meet corporate needs, as well as price increases and feature upgrades, have all been identified by IDC as the key driving forces behind the growth.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3669880/collaboration-application-spending-grows-in-the-face-of-economic-uncertainty.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

Apple fails to innovate the new future workplace

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Wed, 17 Aug 2022 08:24:00 -0700

<p>Apple has put forward its latest attempt to get employees back to the office, though theres <a href=" ... ml">little thats new</a> and less thats<a href=" ... st-change/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"> innovative??in its approach</a>.<h2><strong>Return to the office</strong></h2>
<p>This isnt the first time Apple has <a href=" ... ml">pushed a return-to-the-office plan</a>. A previous??attempt was delayed and altered earlier in the year, and the company has tried to make it happen in previous years during the pandemic. (Apple had demanded staff be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at that time.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3669901/apple-fails-to-innovate-the-new-future-workplace.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

The best buried Android 13 treasures

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Wed, 17 Aug 2022 03:00:00 -0700

<p>If you've got a Google Pixel phone, it's time to rejoice for some shiny new software is on its way to you this week.<p>Android 13, Google's latest and greatest <a href=" ... l">Android version</a>, officially <a href="" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">made its landing</a> on Monday and is in the midst of rolling out to current Pixel devices as we speak.<p>That means if you've got a Pixel 4 or higher, it should be showing up in your sweaty person-palms any moment now. And <em>that</em>, in turn, means you've got some spectacular new Googley goodies to explore.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3670129/android-13-treasures.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

For developers, too many meetings, too little 'focus' time

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Tue, 16 Aug 2022 03:18:00 -0700

<p>Software developers spend a third of their week in meetings on average, according to data collected by time management app Clockwise with those at large companies facing the most packed schedules.<p>Clockwises data is gathered from 1.5 million meetings tracked by its platform over the course of 12 months up to May 2022, providing an overview of work practices by 80,000 developers at 5,000 companies. It shows that the average software engineer spends 10.9 hours per week in meetings, with 19.6 hours of focus time defined as two or more hours free to concentrate on work.<p>The remaining six hours are classed as fragmented, which refers to the schedule gaps between meetings that provide little opportunity to settle back into completing a task.??<a href="" rel="nofollow">Separate research</a> has shown that it can take around 23 minutes to refocus after an interruption, and meetings can often be the cause of context switching that distracts workers from more productive work.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3669911/for-developers-too-many-meetings-too-little-focus-time.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>

What is USB Restricted Mode in macOS Ventura, and why do you want it?

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Mon, 15 Aug 2022 06:35:00 -0700

<p>Once upon a time, one attack vector for industrial sabotage consisted of <a href=" ... protection" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">exfiltrating data??from Macs</a>??using a standard-issue USB storage card. Researchers have also shown that its possible to hijack computers with <a href="" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">malware-infested cables</a>. Its a jungle out there, so Apple has toughened up (Apple Silicon) Mac protection with USB Restricted Mode.<h2><strong>What is USB Restricted Mode?</strong></h2>
<p>Beginning with <a href=" ... -actually/" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">macOS Ventura</a>, the new layer of protection comes in the form of USB Restricted mode, which should provide a little reassurance to enterprise IT and is enabled by default.<p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/3669854/what-is-usb-restricted-mode-in-macos-ventura-and-why-do-you-want-it.html#jump">To read this article in full, please click here</a>
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