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computerworld.comIf you're reading this column, there's a decent chance you're among Google's most enthusiastic users — y'know, the type of person who's super-tuned in to the company's latest launches and is always eager to try out the exciting new app or service of the moment.And if you are such an individual, there's also a decent chance you're feeling a bit dispirited and let down right about now. The truth is, I can't blame you. I feel that way myself.I'm not talking about the usual "Holy moly, Google's watching my every move!" kind of concern. No — if you're a Google superuser, you're well aware of the company's business model and the options available to you in that regard. What I'm talking about is the pattern Google has established of drawing its most dedicated users into new services with lofty visions and grand promises — and then, once said users have thoroughly invested in adopting those services and integrating them into their lives, changing its tune and abandoning...

computerworld.comAtlassian has overhauled its Jira Software Cloud issue-tracking application, adding a simplified user experience, new third-party integrations and a product roadmap tool.The Australian company has been laying the foundation to update Jira for a while, breaking down the application, created in 2002, into smaller microservices and moving it to the Amazon Web Services cloud. The latest stage in Jira’s redevelopment is to modernize the user experience and interface.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comDriven mainly by financial technology (fintech) investments, blockchain has seen a fast uptick in adoption for application development and pilot tests in a number of industries and will generate more than $10.6 billion in revenue by 2023, according to a new report from ABI Research in New York. That revenue figure is expected to come mainly from software sales and services.[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] Driving much of the interest in blockchain are multinational corporations rolling out proofs-of-concept and pilot programs, moves that have bolstered the credibility of and investment in the distributed ledger technology, according to ABI Research director Michela Menting, the report’s lead author.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis IT pilot fish works with lots of sensitive data -- and that means really sensitive, such as child abuse investigations."Until a few years ago, I had access to all that data, so I could write ad-hoc reports against it," says fish. "We 'systems' people were given access to everything, so we could troubleshoot application problems for the users."Then one day I was called into the CEO's office. He told me that according to the logs, I did a search against the Child Welfare data for a particular family on a date and time six months earlier -- and wanted to know why I did the search."As best fish can recall, he was doing the search to troubleshoot a particular report that one caseworker was trying to run. To do that, he used his own workstation to duplicate the steps that the caseworker took to get to the error.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWho sends out an invitation with more than 350 different image designs? Apple, that’s who, and this is precisely what the company has done inviting media to its next big iPad Pro and Mac reveal, set to take place in New York on Oct. 30.'There's more in the making' Apple on Thursday invited selected media to a special event at the plush surroundings of the 2,000+ capacity Brooklyn Academy of Music on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. ET.We’ve since discovered that more than 350 iterations of the brightly colored Apple logo image on the front of the invitation exist. The slogan is "There’s more in the making."To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comRemember how patches always came on Tuesdays? Looks like we’re back to getting patches – sometimes large patches – on random days of the week. Let’s look at them chronologically.Windows 7 Servicing Stack tag team Microsoft has a mess on its hands because the Win7 update installer isn’t smart enough to update itself before installing new updates. I talked about that last week. Those of you still using the, ahem, most popular version of Windows have been treated to a roller coaster ride of behind-the-scene antics trying to get this month’s Monthly Rollup chicken to match up with this month’s newly refurbished “KB 3177467-v2” Servicing Stack egg.To read this article in full, please click here...

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pcmag.comBring out new and hidden features with these tips for Google's $35 streaming dongle. While Google's ultraportable media-streaming device is pretty much plug and play, there are a few tips and tricks that can make casting more magical....

pcmag.comAn unapologetic online survey tool for professionals, Qualtrics is a go-to for enterprises that are willing to pay for the greatest flexibility....

pcmag.comOnline survey tool SoGoSurvey has great deployment and reporting tools, and a few unique question types that make it appealing. If it streamlined the survey build process, it would be awesome. SoGoSurvey is an advanced online survey tool with a pleasant user interface. It needs more flexibility in question ordering, though....

pcmag.comWorldApp KeySurvey is a rather expensive online survey tool but it gives enterprises an amazing amount of survey creation, deployment, and data analysis capabilities. Online survey tool WorldApp KeySurvey is a highly capable and flexible system and is set up for enterprises that need administrative controls and security....

pcmag.comSurveyPlanet gets the job done, but a barebones feature set keeps it off anyone's must-have online survey tools list. Online survey tool SurveyPlanet is an easy, affordable step up from Google Forms, though it won't scale to more complex questionnaires....

pcmag.comOutside Software eSurveysPro is an online survey tool that gives you easy-to-deploy surveys with basic reporting, at a modest price. Online survey tool Outside Software eSurveysPro simply has not kept up with competitive offerings, and has significant feature gaps for which its low price doesn't compensate....

pcmag.comFor gaming, a responsive TV is every bit as important as one with a good picture. Here are our top picks for game-friendly screens. For gamers, a good picture isn't enough. A responsive television with low input lag can mean the difference between winning and losing. Here are the best TVs for gaming we've tested....

pcmag.comA new privacy site from Apple shows you what info Apple has collected about you and lets you correct Apple now lets you request a copy of all the data it has collected about you. You can also correct information or delete your account. Here's how....

pcmag.comThe Fujifilm XF10 is a gorgeous compact camera that squeezes SLR image quality into a pocket-friendly size....

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pcmag.comLast month's breach at the company may have been the work of spammers, as opposed to nation-state hackers, according to The Wall Street Journal....

pcmag.comAccording to the state-run People's Daily, the artificial moon—which is basically a glowing satellite—will launch in 2020....

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