Those @#$%! spoilsports!

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241945/mobile-wireless/those-spoilsports.html#tk.rss_all This pilot fish and his family vacation at a resort condominium for two weeks every year — and getting an internet connection has been a longstanding challenge. “Until a few years ago, a connection was only available in public buildings,” says fish. “But about … Read more

10 reasons why Apple should acquire Shazam

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241469/apple-ios/10-reasons-why-apple-should-acquire-shazam.html#tk.rss_all TechCrunch claims Apple will purchase leading music recognition service, Shazam. This hasn’t been confirmed but here are just ten reasons such a deal makes sense: Shazam’s Apple story Founded in 1999, Shazam first came to prominence on Apple’s platforms as a great tool for … Read more

IDG Contributor Network: Net Neutrality and people with disabilities

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240999/net-neutrality/net-neutrality-and-people-with-disabilities.html#tk.rss_all A great move forward in the protection of civil rights occurred when in 1996 when the 104th Congress of the United States passed amendments the Telecommunications Act of 1934. We may not associate civil rights with telecommunications legislation until we consider the traditional goals … Read more

How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240993/mobile-wireless/how-killing-net-neutrality-will-impact-enterprises.html#tk.rss_all Efforts to dismantle net neutrality will likely effect enterprises and the way they do business, from how mobile apps are designed to where companies choose to store data commonly accessed on mobile devices. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intends to vote this Thursday to … Read more

It’s time: Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241241/microsoft-windows/its-time-make-sure-windows-auto-update-is-turned-off.html#tk.rss_all It’s time to make sure your computer is locked down. If history is any indication, we’re going to be in for a rocky ride over the next week or two. In September, folks who were set to update Windows automatically were greeted by Word … Read more

Thermostat Wars: The Last Degree

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241238/it-careers/thermostat-wars-the-last-degree.html#tk.rss_all Two co-workers in this IT department are locked in not-quite-mortal combat over one of the highest-stakes elements of their professional lives, reports a pilot fish on the scene: the office temperature. “One was a petite lady in QA named Betty, who was constantly cold,” … Read more

With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241233/smartphones/with-smartphones-like-these-why-do-we-need-laptops.html#tk.rss_all Smartphones are supercomputers. Or, at least, they’re significantly more powerful than supercomputers were ten years ago. And way more powerful than desktops were five years ago. Smartphones also offer killer benefits that laptops don’t — namely, longer battery life and biometric security. So why … Read more

What’s in the latest Chrome update?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3211427/web-browsers/whats-in-the-latest-chrome-update.html#tk.rss_all Google this week issued Chrome 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux, adding important security enhancements for enterprises to stress the importance the company now puts on the commercial market. “Starting with [this] release, Site Isolation is now available … [which] renders content for each … Read more

Microsoft quietly repairs Windows Defender security hole CVE-2017-11937

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240936/microsoft-windows/microsoft-quietly-repairs-windows-defender-security-hole-cve-2017-11937.html#tk.rss_all Many malware researchers were surprised to find an unexpected patch on their machines yesterday. It didn’t arrive through the front door — Windows Update wasn’t involved. Instead, the new version of mpengine.dll arrived automatically, around the back, even if you have Windows Update turned … Read more

Apple’s HomeKit security blunder exposes the risk of smart homes

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241118/apple-ios/apple-s-homekit-security-blunder-exposes-the-risk-of-smart-homes.html#tk.rss_all The expression “safe as houses” will become a thing of the past if tech firms don’t get connected home security right, and the need to be incredibly watchful was visible in Apple’s latest security blunder this week. Not so ideal home The latest iOS … Read more

IDG Contributor Network: The critical path to success for the Always Connected PC

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240933/windows-pcs/the-critical-path-to-success-for-the-always-connected-pc.html#tk.rss_all I’m a believer in the concept of the Always Connected PC largely because it fits very well into the way I work. I prefer a desktop system when I’m at home and even build my own systems. But when I’m on the road, I … Read more

One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7’s cumulative updates

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240973/microsoft-windows/one-year-later-enterprises-still-wrestle-with-windows-7s-cumulative-updates.html#tk.rss_all More than a year after Microsoft changed its decades-long security updating practices, enterprises running Windows 7 continue to struggle with the new system, patch experts said today. “I still see people asking for individual updates, even on the [Windows] 10 operating system,” said Susan … Read more

So THAT’S who needs a DBA on the payroll!

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240593/data-storage/so-thats-who-needs-a-dba-on-the-payroll.html#tk.rss_all This company manages to get by without a database administrator for more than five years with hardly anyone seeing that as a problem, reports a pilot fish on the scene. “Right up until the system went down for hours after a developer dropped a … Read more

Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241247/collaboration/microsoft-whiteboard-adds-digital-canvas-collaboration-to-windows-10.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft is bringing its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10 users, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas. Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users … Read more

Android nostalgia: 20 once-essential apps you’ve probably long forgotten

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240824/android/android-nostalgia-forgotten-apps.html#tk.rss_all Ah, memories. With the frenetic pace at which Android has evolved over the past decade, the experience of using the platform today is pretty darn different from the Android-using adventure of even just a few years ago. And it’s not just the operating system itself … Read more

Alexa for Business paves way for smart A.I. assistants at work

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241225/collaboration/alexa-for-business-paves-way-for-smart-ai-assistants-at-work.html#tk.rss_all Much as smartphones did in the late 2000s,voice-activated A.I. assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant appear poised to move from homes into the workplace. That’s the the idea behind this month’s launch of Alexa for Business by Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary, Amazon Web … Read more

How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240906/security/how-blockchain-will-underpin-the-new-trust-economy.html#tk.rss_all Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy. New research from consultancy Deloitte LLP shows a “trust economy” is now developing around … Read more

Throwback Thursday: Who you callin’ a scope creep?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240448/application-development/throwback-thursday-who-you-callin-a-scope-creep.html#tk.rss_all Programmer pilot fish is approached by some of the company’s engineers. Can fish whip up a small database to track issues on the manufacturing line as they run tests? Sure, says fish. But before he can get started, a newly hired engineer gets wind … Read more

What do you get when you merge a lie detector, a job application and a mobile app?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240408/mobile-wireless/what-do-you-get-when-you-merge-a-lie-detector-a-job-application-and-a-mobile-app.html#tk.rss_all Mobile apps have certainly made a wide range of documents — including job applications, insurance claims and consumer surveys — easier to handle. But can they also silently add truth detection and emotion interpretation to increase the forms’ accuracy and value to companies? A … Read more

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple’s mobile OS

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3234507/mobile-wireless/ios-11-overtakes-earlier-versions-of-apples-mobile-os.html#tk.rss_all Apple’s iOS 11 is now on almost six in 10 of the company’s mobile devices, according to new data shared by the company. On Nov. 8, less than two months after its Sept. 19 release, the mobile platform had achieved just over a 50% adoption … Read more

3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240545/android/3-top-reasons-people-dump-android-for-iphone.html#tk.rss_all As it stands, the market battle between Android and iPhone seems set to continue forever, but you can’t ignore that the majority of users who do switch are abandoning Google for Apple. What follows are three of the biggest reasons for doing so, identified … Read more

The best note-taking apps for Android

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239964/android/best-note-taking-apps-for-android.html#tk.rss_all Taking notes is serious business, and having the right note-taking app for your Android device can make a world of difference in your ability to stay organized. That’s because a good note-taking app doesn’t just help you take notes; it also makes it easy … Read more

At last, a place that really appreciates him!

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240645/it-careers/at-last-a-place-that-really-appreciates-him.html#tk.rss_all Freshly hired C++ programmer goes to work in this IT department, and in short order there’s just one question on everyone’s lips, according to a pilot fish working there: What the heck is it with this guy? “He came into work late every day, … Read more

Is your company a great place to work in IT?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240285/it-careers/best-places-to-work-in-it-2018-nominations.html#tk.rss_all Computerworld’s annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases organizations that offer top compensation, training and access to hot technologies. Nominate an organization for the 2018 list!(survey.researchresults.com) To read this article in full, please click here

Android nostalgia: 13 once-trumpeted features that quietly faded away

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239864/android/android-nostalgia-old-features.html#tk.rss_all Every time a new Android version arrives, a new game begins: Which of the lovingly described fresh platform features will fail to live up to its hype and then end up fading out of the foreground — either to be phased out completely or … Read more