Computer & Internet

computerworld.comFor all of its features and web-spelunking utensils, Google's Chrome browser is curiously missing one core function: the ability to capture a screenshot of a website you're visiting.Or so it would seem.Here's a little-known secret: Chrome actually has a supremely useful built-in command for capturing screenshots — no extensions required. It's flexible, effective, and easy as can be to use. And it works on Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, or any desktop platform where Chrome is available.The only problem? It's hidden away in a place where no normal mortal would ever possibly find it.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comRecognizing that application compatibility is one of the most important considerations for shifting to a new operating environment, Microsoft has pulled out all of the stops to assuage companies’ concerns for shifting to Microsoft 365Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Experiences and Management at Microsoft, acknowledges the importance of addressing compatibility concerns and says Microsoft has done a “massive amount of work” to ensure that Windows 10 is the most compatible upgrade in the company’s history. “The No. 1 cost and concern users have when deploying a new version of Windows is that some number of apps will be incompatible with the new version,” he says.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comBusiness is evolving at a dizzying pace. People are on the move, working across systems and devices, and they expect a seamless, fast, invisibly secure experience. That experience is a driver of culture, retention, and, ultimately, a source of employee delight (or not). To keep up, you may find yourself in the unenviable position of having to make the business case for a technology refresh—an often fraught and inconclusive exercise. But getting buy-in for Microsoft 365? That’s a straightforward total cost of ownership (TCO) discussion. Your selling points: IT is able to more easily protect assets and employees, free up time for IT staff, and provide systems and tools people actually like using.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comTechnology has always been about increasing productivity and efficiency, but its impact in the enterprise now transcends productivity in a few very important ways.One is that it plays a central role in organizations’ business agility initiatives. Second is its impact on employee recruitment, productivity, and loyalty. In fact, the quality of employee experience today is often a reflection of the quality and adroitness of a company’s digital prowess, and shapes perceptions about what makes an organization a top destination for talent.A truly digital experience refers not only to the ability to access information remotely, but also to seamlessly collaborate and innovate with colleagues. Employers that embrace these agile ways of working, and meet employee expectations of consumer-like digital experiences, are more likely to win the ongoing war for talent.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comEveryday office applications are supposed to raise the productivity bar, help workers perform mundane tasks faster, and streamline collaboration. But in reality, software complexity often causes employees to spend too much time working out the kinks or reverting to manual processes to get their job done.Enter Microsoft 365, which includes familiar productivity apps with built-in intelligence capabilities that bolster productivity and help the workforce get to better results quicker – without the usual hand-holding. AI-driven capabilities in Microsoft 365 help reduce complexity while creating shortcuts that promote productivity and creativity.“We all have to-do lists that never have a bottom,” says Brad Anderson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Experiences and Management. “We’re able to leverage what we’ve learned in the cloud on a global scale to help users get their work done faster.”To read this article in full, please click...

computerworld.comZoom released a patch this week to fix a security flaw in the Mac version of its desktop video chat app that could allow hackers to take control of a user’s webcam. The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh, who published information about it in a blog post Monday. The flaw potentially affected 750,000 companies and approximately 4 million individuals using Zoom, Leitschuh said.[ Related: 6 tips for scaling up team collaboration tools ] Zoom said it’s seen “no indication” any users were affected. But concerns about the flaw and how it works raised questions about whether other similar apps could be equally vulnerable.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWhen it unveiled iOS 13 and iPadOS last month, Apple had bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and brushed off customers with an iPad Mini from the same years or a 2013 original iPad Air.According to Apple, iOS 13 - likely shot out of Cupertino in September - will be supported on these devices: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR (2018) iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus (2017) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016) iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015) iPhone SE (2016) iPod Touch, 7th generation (2019) [iOS 13 will also be pre-installed on the new iPhone(s) Apple introduces this fall.]To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIt’s the late ’70s and pilot fish is a student operator in a small college’s computer room, where there’s a midrange system that’s a bit balky and temperamental. The vendor is called in from time to time, but of course, the machine works flawlessly anytime vendor support shows up.Between those visits, the machine continues to go down, but fish and his colleagues discover that they can anticipate a looming shutdown by watching the lights on the machine, and a good thump applied in the right place at the right time would keep the thing running.This goes on for years. In fact, it is only when the system is being removed that it’s discovered that it has a loose screw, and those therapeutic thumps somehow managed to put it back where it needed to be.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft’s Teams collaboration app is now used by 13 million individuals on a daily basis, according to data released by the company Thursday, surpassing rival Slack for the first time.Microsoft introduced Teams in 2017 as a competitor to Slack, which had attracted significant interest as an alternative to email for internal communications following its launch in 2014.Unlike Slack, which is a standalone application, Microsoft Teams is available at no additional cost for Office 365 customers, of which there are 180 million monthly active users globally.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.com [Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]Partner conferences are an element of large tech companies that smaller firms don’t have the resources to maintain. The interesting things about them include insight into how seriously the vendor takes its partner ecosystem, the balance between direct sales and partner efforts.Partner conferences also are where the partners go to get a heads-up on where the firm’s priorities will be in the future. Done right, these are like sales events with lots of energy and programs focused on driving sales, partner and customer engagement, and lots of recognition for those that generate the most revenue and can showcase unusually high customer loyalty.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThere’s a claim Apple has canned development of AR glasses. This makes no sense to me – I think it means they are coming sooner than we thought.Through an (augmented) glass darkly “Apple has suspended the development of head-mounted display (HMD) AR/VR headsets, and already disbanded its team for the development of AR/VR HMDs,” Digitimes claims in a report almost nobody believes.The publication also said development had been ceased temporarily, with people involved in the project diverted elsewhere.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIn an age of mass production, the global internet and digital everything, the most valuable commodities have become time and attention. And everybody wants yours.Your work demands them. Advertisers need them. Broadcast media crave them. Social networks want them. Marketers, charity panhandlers, evangelists, celebrities, smartphone apps, political campaigns and others are all clamoring for you to focus on them and ignore the rest.[ Related: Android apps: Best of the best ] Finally there’s help, in the form of an emerging revolution in audio. Low-power components, better batteries, smaller AI processors, rapidly advancing digital signal processors (DSP), advanced microphone arrays, improving Bluetooth specs and other technologies are converging to enable a new world of smart earbuds, headphones and hearing aids.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comPresident Donald Trump has weighed in on the cryptocurrency debate, saying in a series of tweets Friday that he's not a fan of Bitcoin or blockchain-based digital money in general because it's highly volatile and "based on thin air.""Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity," Trump tweeted. [ More info: Download: Beginner's guide to blockchain ] The President's tweets on fly in the face of comments made just one day earlier by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who acknowledged that while Bitcoin may be far from mass adoption it is "a speculative store of value, like gold."To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis government agency has cashiers’ stations for handling transactions with the public, and the treasurer’s office decides it needs new software to run those stations, according to a pilot fish in IT.And there’s going to be one sign-on and password for all the stations, brag the higher-ups.Bad idea, protest all the IT programmers and system administrators. For one thing, having a single user sign-on to the system will prevent tracking who is completing each transaction. They cite security, accountability and separation of duties, but their protests fall on deaf ears.The vendor rep shows up one day, and he and the treasurer do a presentation for an audience that includes IT managers. The two sound excited, and a touch proud, when they tell everyone that the cashiers will sign on with the user ID “Cash.” They don’t share the top-secret password, though; that’s just for the cashiers to know.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIf you travel frequently and use an iPhone or iPad, then you simply must familiarize yourself with these two tips – they’ll make it much easier to secure your device and its contents when you are on the move.In praise of Face ID I’ve become very used to using Face ID. It’s seamless.On the iPhone, I like that I can pay for groceries with a look and find it much easier to use in the dark than the Home button.My iPad experience is similar, but I do get annoyed sometimes that I must raise the tablet slightly to get the face angle right – this isn’t always as intuitive as I would like.[ Related: Get to know Apple’s 11+ new privacy tools ] All the same, given Apple’s claim that there is a 1 in 50,000 chance that someone else's fingerprint will unlock your iPhone and a 1 in 1,000,000 chance that it will be unlocked by another person’s face, I’ll always opt for the highly secure choice.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comFrontline workers tend to be overlooked when it comes to technology. But the growing awareness that they, too, need access to the latest digital tools is pushing companies to change how they do business.For Massachusetts-based Ferguson, which says it’s the largest distributor of plumbing supplies in the U.S., that realization meant the deployment of Microsoft’s Teams platform and a shift to channel-based communications. The company says the move has already helped improve customer service with faster, more effective information sharing.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft has unveiled a preliminary catalog of group policies for managing the still-under-development "full-Chromium" Edge, giving IT admins a glimpse at what they will be working with if they adopt the browser."We're still working on the list, but I'd like to share an early preview of the management policies we are working on for the new version of Microsoft Edge," Sean Lyndersay, a group program manager on the Edge team, wrote in a June 14 post to the Insider online forum.[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] An attached file in .zip format contained ADMX and ADML files - the two required to implement group policies on a Windows device - and an HTML document that lists and describes the policies on Windows and macOS machines.To read this article in full, please click here...

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