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computerworld.comNew data has again hammered home the point that Microsoft has given up forcing Windows 10 1809 on users.The Redmond, Wash. developer essentially stopped pushing the October 2018 Update, aka 1809, to customers last month, according to numbers published by AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose metrics technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps. Unlike previous Windows 10 feature upgrades, which all non-enterprise users had been required to install every six months, 1809 has been allowed to dawdle in distribution. [ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] Windows 10 1809 powered only 29% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of April 26, AdDuplex said. The increase from March to April was just 3 percentage points, barely half the increase from February to March and but a third that from January to February. Rather than increasing, as one would have expected from past feature upgrade roll-outs, 1809's adoption has slowed over time, a first for Windows...

computerworld.comApple has never quite managed to create a social network that works, but it seems to have a better chance than ever right now.All the ingredients are there The company has all the ingredients: A platform, loyal customers, and a growing range of media services that would benefit from the kind of pester power social media provides.Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Music (will Apple Music+ turn out to be the long-fabled high definition music service?) and even Apple Arcade.Apple’s servers also hoard vast treasure troves of images and videos captured by iPhone users across the planet.[ Related: Apple insists developers ramp up their privacy commitments ] This is all shareable content that’s kept tightly secured inside the company’s walled garden, within which everything you do is kept as private as possible. (Subject to the privacy practices of your networks, governments, and app developers.)To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comGoogle this week updated its workplace-focused Glass augmented reality (AR) headset, offering a more powerful processor and improved camera – a “significant improvement” over its predecessor, according Anshel Sag, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.Google unveiled the consumer version of Glass in 2013 to much fanfare, but little commercial success. It was relaunched as Glass Enterprise Edition two years ago, after Google decided the headset was better suited to workers who need hands-free computing – such as in manufacturing, logistics and healthcare. Development was also moved to the X “moonshot” division within Google’s parent company, Alphabet. To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft on Monday returned to the Mac browser market when it released the first public preview of its revamped Edge browser for macOS.Delivery of the "Canary" edition for macOS came two weeks after prodigious Windows leaker WalkingCat, also known by his Twitter account @h0x0d, tweeted the download links for the Canary and more polished Dev builds of Edge for the Mac.[ Further reading: Google's Chromium browser explained ] Like Google Chrome, Edge releases in multiple builds representing increasingly more stable versions of the browser. Canary, the least reliable, is updated daily, while the Dev version refreshes weekly. Beta and Stable builds appear every six weeks.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWe’ve become used to the routine: Microsoft releases one of its twice-annual Windows 10 feature updates, often delayed due to bugs, and the world yawns. And throughout most of the six months of previews for Windows 10 version 1903, a.k.a. the May 2019 Update, it looked like it was going to be the usual routine again.Except this time, it’s different. About six weeks before the update’s planned release, Microsoft made an unexpected late addition, one of the most meaningful features added to Windows 10 in a long time.What is that feature, and what else is important is in this new update? Read on for details.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft today launched Windows 10 May 2019 Update, aka 1903, after running the feature upgrade through additional testing with Insider volunteers, hardware manufacturers and third-party software developers."The May 2019 Update is available for customers who would like to install the latest release," John Cable, director of program management in the Windows delivery and servicing team, announced in a post to a company blog.[ Related: Review: Windows 10 May 2019 Update unleashes a spring surprise ] Under normal circumstances, 1903 — the four-digit label in Microsoft's yymm format — would have gone public six or more weeks ago. But in early April, Microsoft said it would send the feature upgrade — the first of two presumably slated for the year — into more testing. The decision was an obvious reaction to the debacle of Windows 10 1809, which in October 2018 launched with a known-yet-still-overlooked bug that destroyed user data. Microsoft pulled 1809 and...

computerworld.comFOXBORO, Mass. -- While electronic healthcare records (EHRs) vastly improved patient information collection and sharing for some healthcare providers and payers, the technology also robs doctors of something critical: the ability to properly care for patients.EHRs continue to require far too many mouse clicks and pagination to enter data during a visit, diverting attention from patients – something that's key to not only creating a relationship but getting a complete picture of their health."Right now, it feels like physicians are a slave to their EHRs. There's a high amount of burnout – emotional burnout, depersonalization and a low sense of professional accomplishment," Dr. Alain Chaoui, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said during a presentation last week at the New England HIMSS Annual Spring Conference here.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comConsultant pilot fish is called to a community college to develop an online system for registering students in continuing ed classes. At the meeting to develop specifications for the project are fish, the IT director and the continuing ed director, who says that it’s essential that people can’t input invalid Social Security numbers. Fish and the IT director can’t make any headway when they try to explain that there is no way to prevent that.All right, then, says the continuing ed director, “If we cannot prevent that, I don’t want the project.”End of meeting. And for fish, no regrets about that particular lost job.Sharky doesn’t need your PII, made up or otherwise. Just send 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 and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comDolly Parton described love as “like a butterfly,” but that isn’t precisely the emotion Mac users have reported on use of the butterfly keyboard design Apple puts inside its notebooks.When keys take wing These keyboards have attracted much criticism since they were introduced, so much so that Apple has attempted to redesign them twice and is back with a third redesign (and fourth design) in the newly announced MacBook Pros.In this latest edition, the company says it has “changed the material” used in the butterfly mechanism. This should “substantially” reduce the issues that some users have experienced, Apple said.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMobile banking should be effortless, with financial institutions sharing data, offering helpful suggestions and automating frequent tasks. But according to a new report from Forrester Research on mobile banking apps, far too many banks offer frustrating apps that show little thought given to how consumers interact with their financial institutions — or at least how they should."Banks too often send customers to separate apps or web pages to view content. These experiences, which are often inconsistent with the main app, can feel disjointed and confusing for the customer," said the report. "Menus disappear or compete with each other, names and icons have multiple meanings, or links take the customer out of the app without warning."To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comOffice 365 can generate a lot of questions from enterprise users, but few reach the magnitude — in volume, in exasperation — as, "Where do I save my files?"To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)...

computerworld.comMulti-store retailer is having a big sale, the kind of big event that can make or break the chain’s profitability — and a store manager’s career. So one of those store managers is pretty upset when his store’s phone system goes down. He uses his cellphone to call the help desk, then hands it off to an employee with more technical ability than most. That employee is told by the help desk tech, “Restart the IP phone system.”But what he thinks he hears is “reset,” so he finds the recessed reset button on the rack-mounted IP phone system and pushes it with a ballpoint pen tip.The phone system dutifully performs the reset — which scrubs all the phone system’s configuration data and sets everything back to factory defaults. As in the defaults set in the factory. The factory that’s in Germany. Where they speak German.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMozilla this week shipped Firefox 67 for Windows, macOS and Linux with performance improvements that - when added to improvements that over the past year - make the browser 80% faster, according to the company.Other changes to Firefox that surfaced in version 66 ranged from customized private browsing sessions - such as letting a user enable add-ons while in so-called "porn mode" - to running multiple builds at the same time, a Firefox first.Security engineers also patched 21 vulnerabilities, two of them labeled "Critical," Mozilla's most serious threat rating. "We presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla reported. More than half the bugs - 11 all told - were ranked as "High," one step below Critical.To read this article in full, please click here...

pcmag.comIf official Android access is cut off, Huawei could still use the open-source version of Android. But execs say the company will debut a homegrown operating system as soon as this fall....

pcmag.comHere are some tips for making your new home a tech-centric haven. Just because you can't afford a remodeled condo doesn't mean you have to skimp on gadgets. Here are some tips for making your new home a tech-centric haven....

pcmag.comMicrosoft is taking a 'measured and throttled approach' with the May release after a buggy version of the October 2018 update caused some users to lose their files....

pcmag.comThe product pages were removed from the Microsoft Store after the Trump administration banned US suppliers from selling technology to Huawei. However, you can still find Huawei's remaining inventory of Windows laptops on Amazon and Newegg....

pcmag.comAmazon's Alexa can aid you in your job search with skills like Interview Prep. There are several Alexa job-seeking skills that can prepare help you apply and interview. Here's how Alexa can help you find a job....

pcmag.comThe Olympus Tough TG-6 replaces our Editors' Choice waterproof point-and-shoot, the TG-5. It doesn't make a lot of changes, but it doesn't have a lot of competition to worry about either....

pcmag.comThe final season of "Game of Thrones" goes splat on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans would have thrown tomatoes at their soon-to-be-canceled HBO subscriptions if they could....

pcmag.comAs you leave the hallowed halls of your learning institution, things may not always be easy. But the Making the jump from college to the real world isn't always easy. Here's what 10 tech CEOs and another familiar face have to say about success and failure....

pcmag.comThe portable Libratone Zipp Mini 2 holds its own against other smart speakers thanks to its easy-to-use, stylish design....