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computerworld.comAt the small college where this pilot fish works, a big power failure puts the lights out for everyone in the whole area.“We didn’t have a generator, so the data center and all our servers were dark,” says fish.“The campus maintenance supervisor called me on my cellphone and asked me to send an email message to all users, letting them know that the power failure would probably last several hours.“After a few minutes he called back and sheepishly said, ‘Never mind.’”Brighten Sharky’s life by sending me your true tales of IT life at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIBM is the latest vendor to provide a blockchain platform for coffee bean growers looking to track their product on its journey to market – and let consumers trace their java back to the farm to discover where and how it was grown.The “Thank My Farmer” app is slated to roll out in March and lets users scan a QR code on packages of coffee to trace its journey and send a contribution to support sustainable farming projects in agricultural communities on five continents.The app represents only the initial use of IBM’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) for an entire coffee ecosystem that includes farmers, traders, roasters, manufacturers and  distributors who want to revamp a paper-based supply chain system and create digital payment rails for participants.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comAs Microsoft pulls support for nearly half a billion Windows 7 PCs, it’s make or break for Windows-based IT. And Apple has a chance to reap a good harvest when support ends Jan. 14.The great migration Apple’s solutions are now in use across the entire Fortune 500 and the company’s enterprise credentials continue to extend. At a recent Apple-focused enterprise IT event, we encountered opinion and statistics to reinforce this fact.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comGoodness gracious, Google Assistant sure is growing fast.Google kicked off the new year (and the ever-musty CES industry shout-fest) with a slew of new Assistant announcements, including an option to schedule specific actions to occur at certain times along with a new digital sticky note feature for Smart Displays and a useful-sounding system for making your Android phone read any article out loud simply by uttering a voice command. (In typical Google fashion, all of these features are vaguely set to roll out "soon.")To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWhen Iran launches cyberattacks in revenge for the killing of Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani — which it almost certainly will do — the attack vector, as always, will be Windows. And when that happens, your PC and your business’s PCs will be right in the crosshairs. Here’s why — and how you can protect your machines and your business.A long history of U.S.-Iranian cyberwarfare To understand the coming cyberattacks, it’s useful to look back. For more than a decade, the U.S. and Iran have engaged in low-level cyberwarfare, with occasional bursts of higher-level attacks. The most destructive of them was Stuxnet, launched in 2009 by the U.S. and Israel against Iran’s nuclear program. It exploited four zero-day flaws in Windows machines, which controlled the centrifuges Iran used to create nuclear material that can be used in nuclear weapons.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comJust one day after releasing Firefox 72, Mozilla updated the browser with a fix to shut down active attacks, the company acknowledged.On Wednesday, Mozilla issued Firefox 72.0.1, which included one change: A patch for the vulnerability identified as CVE-2019-17026. "We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw," Mozilla said in the short description of the flaw, signaling that criminals were already leveraging the zero-day vulnerability, the term applied because there no time elapses between patching and exploitation.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMovin' on up.Back in the not-so-good old days, Microsoft gave us some sort of broad hint when new versions of Win10 had finally been thoroughly tested: “Current Branch for Business” and “Semi-Annual Channel” were nonsense code words signaling that paying customers could finally rely on some stability with the latest version. Notably, Microsoft declared version 1809 “Semi-Annual Channel,” and thus worthy of broad deployment, in March 2019. Odd, considering that Microsoft stated unequivocally in February that it wouldn’t be using the term “Semi-Annual Channel” anymore.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comCentral banks in Asia and Europe are in the final stages of launching digital currencies for future payment systems and cross-border transactions, according to a new report from accounting firm KPMG.And governments around the world see the launch of these blockchain-based central bank digital currencies (CBDC) as something that could one day give them a competitive advantage in global trade.“In 2020, we at KPMG expect to assist regional and central banks in the development of well-defined technology frameworks that can anchor private-sector initiatives,” Arun Ghosh, U.S. Blockchain Leader at KPMG, said in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis pilot fish fresh out of college, Class of ’80-something, gets a job in county government as a developer. At the end of each week, the computer operators pass around a large pile of accordion-fold, tractor-feed computer paper with the names of files created that week, and each one circles the files that can be deleted.Naturally, the file names can be quite similar, and one time fish the newbie circles the wrong one. Which goes unnoticed until someone discovers that the voter registration database has been deleted. Panic ensues, but there’s a tape backup, and the restoration is soon done and verified, so no harm done.Fish notes, in his defense: “The recovery process had never been tested until I forced the issue.”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThere are so many productivity tips for iPhone users that it can be difficult to figure out the best ones. Here’s a new collection of those I think will be most useful.Save (almost) anything as a PDF The easiest way to save anything you can print from your iPhone or iPad as a PDF isn’t particularly clear. But this is a great way to gather copies of almost anything and is as simple as: Open the item you want to save. Tap Share and select Print. When the print dialog appears you’ll see a preview of the item you wish to print. Tap this with two fingers and spread them out. The preview should grow to fill the page. Congratulations – you just made a PDF. Tap the Share icon and you can now save this item to Files. Create meeting transcripts the easy way Are you responsible for writing the minutes of meetings? Perhaps you’re a student wanting accurate lecture notes, or a researcher trying to transcribe lengthy discussions?To read this article in full, please...

computerworld.comWith most of Microsoft out on vacation, the December 2019 crop of Windows, Office, .NET and other patches left us blissfully unscathed, unless you’re installing Win7/Server 2008 patches (or .NET patches) manually. In that case, a poorly documented, odd installation sequence for Servicing Stack Update KB 4531786 has led many a manual patcher (and admin) to drink.One big change this month: If you’re running Windows 10, I figure it’s a good idea to move to Win10 version 1903. The last time 1903 had a major meltdown was three months ago, and things have stabilized since then.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comForget ‘surveillance capitalism.’ AI-based social media monitoring could cost you a job, college admission, rental property and more – and you’ll never know how it happened....

pcmag.comWe're hearing stories today that Samsung's new foldable is called the "Galaxy Bloom." But given that is the phone's internal codename, this rumor may die on the vine....

pcmag.comSamsung's launch event for the Galaxy S11 is scheduled to take place February 11. There might also be a Galaxy Fold 2 in store. Here's everything we think we can expect....

pcmag.comFrom an invisible camera to a concept car dreamed up by the director of 'Avatar,' these prototypes from CES envision a very interesting future....

pcmag.comThe Unimax (UMX) U686CL is also primed to deliver adware and serve owners aggressive advertising....

pcmag.comThere's no shortage of smart health and fitness tech on display at CES. At the first exhibition of the 2020s, we saw gear to change our workout routines, better monitor heart health, and meet the needs of an aging population....

pcmag.comThe Nessa mirror has a built-in camera that takes a photo of what you're wearing, uploads it to the cloud, and runs an algorithm to determine whether you've worn the outfit before or not....

pcmag.com'We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,' Mozilla said in the advisory. It's not clear how the hackers were exploiting the bug, but they likely created a malicious website to trigger the flaw....

pcmag.comA new report says Verizon may wait until the second half of the year to offer 5G to more home users, and we found that it seems to only be signing up new customers in Chicago....

pcmag.comAn inexpensive PC can be a powerful educational tool for your child. Here's what you should consider when shopping for a kid-friendly laptop, as well as our top models to buy. Most are under $500, and all have been tested in depth....

pcmag.comAfter Jan. 14, those on Windows 7 will no longer receive technical assistance or software updates from Windows Update. It's time to make the leap to Windows 10....

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