Computer & Internet

computerworld.comCan the police search your phone?The answer to that question is getting complicated.But it’s an important thing to know. The reason is that your phone, and the phones of every employee at your company, almost certainly contain company secrets — or provide access to those secrets.Phones can provide access to passwords, contact lists, emails, phone call metadata, photos, spreadsheets and other company documents, location histories, photos and much more.[ Related: The paranoid Android traveler’s data-protection checklist ] Proprietary data — including information that would enable systematic hacking of company servers for sabotage, industrial espionage and worse — is protected from legal exposure by a complex set of well-understood laws and norms in the United States. But that same data is accessible from company phones.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThere are good and bad reasons to track people's movements, but the best way to scream to users that you're spying on them is to lie about or not reveal what you're doing. Corporate developers, if you're not guilty of bad conduct, why are you trying to so hard to hide it?This comes to mind after two unrelated news stories cropped up this week.The Associated Press reported that Google kept tracking consumers after they had selected a privacy option that supposedly blocked the tracking. Only days after that AP report did Google quietly change its help page, from claiming “with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored" to “This setting does not affect other location services on your device” and “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comSAP is working with more than two dozen produce, pharmaceutical, tech and shipping companies on an automated blockchain-based supply chain tracking system that it believes will bolster visibility and ensure the authenticity of goods such as food and drugs.The software giant is piloting its SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain with 16 farm-to-consumer produce suppliers such as Maple Leaf Foods, Johnsonville, Naturipe Farms, Tate & Lyle and Natura. It says the service enables enterprises to build and extend business applications with SAP's MultiChain blockchain service, which was built using the open-source Hyperledger Fabric platform from the Linux Foundation.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comOver the last several years many have been warning about the invasion of privacy that some companies seem to do without notifying users. Just last week, we learned Google Location History on Android devices and on the iPhone app, track and store your location information. They do this even if you turn it off in settings. This gets many very angry. Users say, who does Google think they are?In fact, Google is not alone, and invasion of privacy is not new. This is a wide-spread and growing problem on a wide variety of devices and services like smartphones, cars with navigation systems, AI devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo or Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, Samsung Bixby and almost anything connected to the Internet.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple’s macOS Mojave introduces a rather cool new feature: You can add Automator actions to your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Here is how to do it.Why does this matter? If you use a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar you’ve probably wondered if there is any way to make the tools provided there even more useful to your particular needs.The introduction of support for self-generated Automator actions is Apple’s response to this, as it means you can populate your Touch Bar with single-button commands to get some of your most repetitive tasks done with a single button-click.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comPilot fish's company brings in a new student intern to work in IT, and it seems like he should be a perfect fit -- but it's not quite working out."He had great grades at a top institution, but he struggled mightily," says fish. "He did not have a bad attitude, but he just couldn't pick up our technology."He had done well at everything he had ever tried, at least according to him. He came from a very successful family, and he just could not get how things could be so difficult."I put in extra time, because it seemed like it was my fault -- like I wasn't explaining things so he could understand them. In the end, we gave him an A for effort and sent him back to school.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIt's the 1990s, and this small startup needs to get online on a tiny budget -- which means a pilot fish there has to cobble together a Linux server from leftover parts."Things were working swimmingly for the first few weeks," says fish. "The server ran our corporate email and served up a simple web site."But suddenly it developed a bad case of the 'bouncies.' Someone would complain that the server was down, I'd verify and reboot. This happened multiple times in the same morning, and each time I left my desk and walked through the QA department to the corner of the open office where we stashed the 'server farm,' where potential investors could marvel at the blinky lights.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comEnterprise users upgrading to Mac and iOS devices often find they need to run some of their existing Windows applications on their new devices and may be interested to learn that the latest edition of Parallels can deliver this and more.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comTell me if this sounds familiar: A big company gets a head start on a new type of tech product. It manages to gain a lot of momentum and market share in those early months and wins over countless headlines of "owning" the market and being an unstoppable force.Then, Google moseys along into the arena. It's a latecomer to the game and an underdog to start — but it has a not-so-secret weapon no other player can match: an underlying ecosystem and army of high-profile partners. Those partners will soon create their own products for Google's platform and push its standard ever further into the world.Despite some initial skepticism, then, Google ends up dominating the dojo and becoming the largest player in that market — by a long shot. Everyone else ends up being a niche (if potentially still quite relevant and profitable) player in comparison.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft’s Surface folks have been on a mission lately, replacing almost all of the firmware and drivers in almost all of the recent Surface machines. It’s as if, golly, somebody finally figured out that the enormous number of Surface bugs have their root in something buried deep inside.The jury’s still out on the efficacy of most of those firmware/driver updates, but a problem has, uh, surfaced specifically with the Surface Pro 4 firmware/driver updates released on July 26.To read this article in full, please click here...

pcmag.comIf you suffer with wrist or arm pain while using a mouse, then chances are good you'll benefit from switching to an ergonomic mouse. Logitech has crafted such a mouse and promises 10 percent less muscle strain and reduced wrist pressure for $100. If you suffer with wrist or arm pain while using a mouse, you might benefit from an ergonomic model like Logitech's new MX Vertical, which promises 10 percent less muscle strain and reduced wrist pressure for $100....

pcmag.comCoffee shops, restaurants, and retail stores all offer free Wi-Fi across the US. We analyzed thousands of crowdsourced tests to see which ones have the best connectivity....

pcmag.comNvidia is making a much-hyped appearance in Cologne, Germany, today for a Gamescom press conference that's expected to include the launch of new graphics cards....

pcmag.comIt's not exactly cheap, but if you want an alternative to the NUC running an AMD chip without any noise, then Tranquil looks to be the only place to go right now. Prices start at $870, but in return you'll get an IP50-rated silent computer....

pcmag.comBoomerang is a solid parental control app for Android and iOS that helps parents track their children's web, app, and mobile activity. It's mobile-only, though, so you can't use it to monitor Macs or PCs....

pcmag.comThe Voigtlander 10mm/1:5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar E is the widest rectilinear lens you can get for any full-frame camera, but its edges are soft and show a heavy vignette....

pcmag.comUnveiled Monday, the Philips Hue Play light bar and Signe table and floor lamps can bring a pop of color to your walls. Connect it to the Philips Hue Bridge and app to select from 16 million different colors for it to shine....

pcmag.comIt can be hard to tell the difference between all the devices that help you access the Internet. Thi Modem? Switch? Hub? It can be hard to tell the difference between the devices that help you access the internet. This guide will help you learn what everything does....

pcmag.comThe RTX 2080 will start at $699 while the RTX 2080 Ti will go for $999. A cheaper model, the RTX 2070, will be $499 when it arrives in October. The new cards promise a six-time performance boost over last-generation cards....

pcmag.comOnce you've added another family member to your Echo device, each of you can bounce from one account Once you've added another family member to your Echo device, each of you can bounce from one account to another just by talking to Alexa. Here's how....

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