Priorities

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240010/backup-recovery/priorities.html#tk.rss_all There’s a major system failure in this data center, and it’s all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT, according to a consultant pilot fish who’s been through this before. “I’m willing to help as best I can,” fish says. “In order to be viewed as a … Read more

iOS guide: How to use Apple Pay Cash

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240007/apple-ios/ios-guide-how-to-use-apple-pay-cash.html#tk.rss_all I’ve called it a step toward a new cryptocurrency. I’ve talked about how Apple Pay is just yet another chip taken out of the shoulders of conventional banking. I’ve even looked at Bitcoin and why that digital asset is growing in stature among Apple … Read more

Thanks, Microsoft, but I’m still saying no to Windows 10

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240065/microsoft-windows/thanks-microsoft-but-i-m-still-saying-no-to-windows-10.html#tk.rss_all I’ve been hearing a lot from friends recently about how Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and people would be stupid not to switch. These being friends, I don’t want to be rude, but — cough, ahem — I don’t buy it. Is … Read more

Mozilla’s record 2016 revenue funded its Firefox Quantum browser

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240008/web-browsers/mozillas-record-2016-revenue-funded-its-firefox-quantum-browser.html#tk.rss_all Mozilla last week announced that revenue in 2016 exceeded $500 million, the first time it broke the half-billion-dollar bar, while development costs climbed 6% as the organization worked up Firefox Quantum, the revamped browser it shipped in November. The bulk of the $520 million … Read more

Sometimes it’s hard to be Apple’s Siri

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239670/apple-ios/sometimes-it-s-hard-to-be-apple-s-siri.html#tk.rss_all It’s hard to be Apple’s virtual assistant because lots of people complain about what you do, even when you’re actually quite good at lots of things, recent data shows. Speak to the future Virtual assistants are destined to do much more than send memos, … Read more

Windows Update for Win7 broken, throwing error 80248015

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239729/microsoft-windows/windows-update-for-win7-broken-throwing-error-80248015.html#tk.rss_all Reports are piling in from afar that Windows Update in Win7 is broken. My first sighting was late Sunday afternoon, when KarenS posted on the AskWoody Lounge: When I clicked on the Windows Update icon today to start the updates it said that my … Read more

Need Stocking Stuffers? See Amazon’s Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 – Deal Alert

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239787/mobile/need-stocking-stuffers-see-amazons-highest-rated-tech-deals-under-25-deal-alert.html#tk.rss_all This month, you’ll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, “Did I buy enough?”.  Amazon has deals running every day, so we’ve filtered their … Read more

IDG Contributor Network: Windows on ARM and the future of PCs as a Service

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239505/microsoft-windows/windows-on-arm-and-the-future-of-pcs-as-a-service.html#tk.rss_all This month, the initial battle will begin on what will be an historic war for the next generation of PCs.  Initially it will be fought on laptops but – much like smartphones drifted to tablets, and much of the initial wave of AI-driven, home-based … Read more

Retro Start menu star Classic Shell heads out to pasture

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239669/microsoft-windows/retro-start-menu-star-classic-shell-heads-out-to-pasture.html#tk.rss_all Hundreds of millions of downloads just doesn’t cut it, apparently. Ivo Beltchev, who first released the Start Menu replacement in 2009, has decided it just isn’t worth the effort any more. Yesterday he posted this on his official web blog: After months of deliberation, … Read more

What is IFTTT? A free platform that connects everything as a service

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239304/mobile-wireless/what-is-ifttt-a-free-platform-that-connects-everything-as-a-service.html#tk.rss_all You’ve no doubt heard of software as a service. Those who are deeply into IT will nod their heads in recognition when acronyms such as IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) are tossed around, too. But here’s one “*aaS” … Read more

It all connects up eventually

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239765/enterprise-applications/it-all-connects-up-eventually.html#tk.rss_all Pilot fish is testing a new IT business management system for his company, and decides to have a little fun while he’s at it. “I had access to the development environment to work out the purchasing process,” says fish. “I’d log in, create a … Read more

The missing link in Microsoft’s A.I. strategy

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239565/artificial-intelligence/the-missing-link-in-microsoft-s-a-i-strategy.html#tk.rss_all The future belongs to the tech company that best harnesses artificial intelligence. A.I. is vital to understanding what consumers want and thus better design products for them. It is crucial in attracting consumers by delivering them the most customized and attractive content at the … Read more

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7’s recalculated share shows faster-than-thought decline

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199373/windows-pcs/windows-by-the-numbers-windows-7s-recalculated-share-shows-faster-than-thought-decline.html#tk.rss_all Windows 7 dropped below the 50% user share mark last month, finally ceding the operating system majority on Windows PCs. Ironically, the decline of Windows 7 was good news for Microsoft, which wants customers to move to the newer Windows 10 as soon as … Read more

When the threats get weird, the security solutions get weirder

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239684/mobile-wireless/when-the-threats-get-weird-the-security-solutions-get-weirder.html#tk.rss_all The world of security is getting super weird. And the solutions may be even weirder than the threats. I told you last week that some of the biggest companies in technology have been caught deliberately introducing potential vulnerabilities into mobile operating systems and making … Read more

Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft, Mozilla tumble as analytics vendor exterminates bot traffic

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199425/web-browsers/top-web-browsers-2017-microsoft-mozilla-tumble-as-analytics-vendor-exterminates-bot-traffic.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge browsers tumbled last month in user share as the once-universal programs ran on just one in every six personal computers worldwide. According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of IE and Edge – an estimate … Read more

iPhone X drives Apple’s ‘best ever’ year for smartphone sales

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239529/apple-ios/iphone-x-drives-apples-best-ever-year-for-smartphone-sales.html#tk.rss_all Apple has just begun its best ever year for iPhones, setting new records over the holiday quarter, according to IHS Markit analyst, Ian Fogg. A new iPhones record Fogg is incredibly bullish on Apple’s performance, writing: “We expect Apple will enjoy its best ever … Read more

Reports of IE 11 failing to start linked to font size

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239352/microsoft-windows/reports-of-ie-11-failing-to-start-linked-to-font-size.html#tk.rss_all Throughout history, there have been a million reasons why Internet Explorer won’t start: You click on the icon in the taskbar, and nothing happens. Thanks to some stellar sleuthing by @PKCano on AskWoody, it now appears that there’s an identifiable cause for some of … Read more

FAQ: Windows 10’s new browser-ized UI – Sets

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239485/microsoft-windows/faq-windows-10s-new-browser-ized-ui-sets.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft this week announced that upcoming previews of Windows 10 would include new features designed to boost productivity on a personal computer. Dubbed “Timeline” and “Sets,” the former previously trumpeted months ago, the latter a revelation, the pair will, promised Microsoft’s top Windows executive, … Read more

Who says IT contractors don’t get any perks?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239408/it-careers/who-says-it-contractors-dont-get-any-perks.html#tk.rss_all Even though he’s an IT contractor, this pilot fish is in the same boat as regular employees when it comes to being asked to work unpaid overtime. “Well, not exactly asked,” says fish. “Just assigned work that can’t be completed in a normal work … Read more

Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199077/microsoft-windows/windows-10-a-guide-to-the-updates.html#tk.rss_all The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Fall Creators 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 … Read more

About Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/2539833/it-management/it-management-best-places-to-work-in-it.html#tk.rss_all What do IT workers want? Fair paychecks, challenging work and ample opportunities for growth, for starters. Our annual listing showcases the organizations that excel at keeping their employees engaged and loyal with compensation, training and access to hot technologies. The report is published every … Read more

The time-saving typing trick every Android user should try

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239170/android/android-typing-trick.html#tk.rss_all You’ve probably figured this out by now, but I love finding clever little ways to save time and make life a teensy bit easier. And when it comes to Android and Chromebooks, boy howdy, are there plenty of efficiency-enhancing gems just waiting to be … Read more

Get November Windows and Office updates installed — carefully

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239327/microsoft-windows/get-november-windows-and-office-updates-installed-carefully.html#tk.rss_all The list of complaints about this month’s patches goes on forever. I covered the high points a couple of days ago. We’ve seen people who are running Win10 Creators Update and who specifically said they didn’t want to upgrade to Fall Creators Update get … Read more

Apple’s iPhone users are running to Bitcoin

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239290/apple-ios/apples-iphone-users-are-running-to-bitcoin.html#tk.rss_all A string of breathless media headlines reporting Bitcoin’s new highs and lows means the cryptocurrency has captured popular imagination, the appearance of the Coinbase iOS app within the top 40 lists at the App Store helps confirm the notion. Bite of the Bitcoin Apple … Read more

Smartsheet: A spreadsheet-based tool for simpler project management

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239150/it-project-management/whats-smartsheet-a-spreadsheet-based-tool-for-simpler-project-management.html#tk.rss_all Smartsheet is a cloud-based work management tool designed to be simple and easy to use by a broad range of employees. Launched in 2006, it began to gain ground after a 2010 redesign in which a significant number of features were cut. Now, more … Read more