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computerworld.comAt last, we have a description of the mysterious shutdown-blocking G — and a fix for Microsoft’s G-generating bug coming in the next version of Win10, commonly called 20H1.If you look online, you’ll see hundreds (if not thousands) of reports about Win10 shutdown getting blocked by a mysterious app called, simply, G. Overflowbr on Bleeping Computer Most people assume it’s a virus, some other sort of malware or a harbinger of doom. In fact, it’s nothing of the sort. It’s a bug in the way Windows reports a specific kind of hang, and the bug has been fixed in the latest versions of Win10 20H1.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comI don't know if you've read much news this week, but it seems the sky is falling and we're all terribly doomed.No, I'm not talking about that news — as usual, that's another column for another publication — but rather the news that a security flaw in some Android camera apps could turn our phones into privacy-plundering spy portals and bring an end to human life as we know it.I mean, have you seen some of these headlines?! "Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware" "Android flaw lets rogue apps take photos, record video even if your phone is locked" "An Android flaw lets apps secretly access people's cameras and upload the videos to an external server" Holy hibiscus, Henry! Even I'm trembling from all of that, and I know it's a bunch of misguided, sensationalized hooey.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comBlackBerry has unveiled several updates to its enterprise mobility security platform, offering three new UEM peoducts aimed at enabling secure access to tools, applications and files based on a zero-trust architecture.The trio of new suites are a strategic update to BlackBerry's flagship Enterprise Mobility Suite.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMarc Benioff is interrupted by protesters during his keynote Image by SalesforceChairman and co-CEO of Salesforce Mark Benioff was interrupted multiple times during his Tuesday keynote by protestors, giving one of them 30 seconds to say their piece before they were escorted away. In the room it was unclear what they were protesting but since then it appears they were focused on Salesforce's controversial contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis IT pilot fish and his co-workers have spent a week in heated discussions with the networking group. The subject: some major network problems between two particular sites. Why heated? Networking swears it can’t see any problems on the lines, so the problem must be with IT’s servers.But fish and friends know better; at some points, the line between the two sites is dropping out completely.It’s impossible to know how long the impasse might have lasted if someone at one of the sites hadn’t asked the networking people the right question: “Are we running on the emergency standby route?”The reply: “Err, yes; shall we switch you back to the primary route now?”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft has trumpeted the smaller size of Windows 10 1909, the fall feature upgrade that broke the twice-annual mold the company used in 2017 and 2018. But how much smaller is it?According to members of the Insider team who held an online discussion Thursday, a lot smaller.The so-called "enablement package," the download that when installed transforms Windows 10 1903 - the full-featured upgrade released May 21 - into November's 1909, weighs in at just 180KB, as in kilobytes.[ Related: Windows 10 November 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ] (For context, 180KB is about 0.18MB, or less than 20% of a megabyte. More telling, it's about 10 times the size of a two-page Microsoft Word document. Downloading a 180KB file would be seemingly instantaneous on all but the slowest broadband connection; a torpid 1Mbps connection, for instance, would download that file in about one second.)To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIdeas. We all have them. Some people have lots of them. Most of us have difficulty making more than a handful of them happen at any one time – even when it comes to document creation.Have you used this new Office feature? I use Office and have done so for decades. I’ve always found the suite’s many features difficult to use, in part because they aren’t always easy to discover. If only there were an easy way to find the tools I need.Sure, I can search online for advice or use the built-in Office help system (and I often have), but why can’t the world-dominant productivity suite just work?To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWithout electrical engineers, everything from your home lighting to your smartphone wouldn’t work properly. Needless to say, electrical engineers make our world go round, and it’s them who spearhead the latest innovations in tech. If you’re intent on creating the world’s next revolutionary product, you’ll at least need to understand the basics, and this bundle will get you up to speed for just $25.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis pilot fish gets assigned to accounting just as client/server is coming in, and he finds that teaching desktop computing to a lot of gray-hairs requires plenty of patience — and the occasional practical joke.One day, one of the most senior accountants calls fish over and complains that one of the in-house-designed accounting apps isn’t working on her PC. Fish asks her to step through the process of using the program, all the while uttering soothing assurances that she can’t break anything, and all problems can be fixed.All goes well until the monitor seems to freeze, which fish knows is just what happens when the program is conducting database queries. But the freeze-up soon challenges the user’s patience. “See?” she declaims. “I told you this dumb thing was broken. It’s not doing anything!”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThe biggest threat from AI isn't software that steals your job. It's software that steals your mind....

computerworld.comCompetition between Slack and Microsoft over their respective chat apps has intensified recently, as the two companies clash over new usage stats — with Slack’s share price tumbling last week in the wake of new adoption figures for Teams.Even so, analysts say Slack’s stickiness and strong user engagement offer it an advantage as businesses begin to adopt workstream collaboration software more widely.[ Related: How AI is changing office suites ] Microsoft last week announced that Teams now has 20 million daily active users, up more than 50% from 13 million in June. The publication of those user figures appeared to have an immediate impact on Slack’s share price, which saw an 11% drop the following day. In fact, Slack’s share price has fallen by more than half since its public listing in June — an apparent sign of investor concern over its ability to compete with Microsoft long-term. To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.com[Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned in this article are clients of the author.]We are about to be up to our necks in dual screen products. We already have several foldable screen smartphones coming to, or already in, market from Samsung and Motorola. We have foldable notebooks coming to market. We have dual screen smartphones (LG) and PCs (Lenovo) in market. And products from Microsoft announced and due next year (the Surface Duo and Neo).To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple isn’t (yet) among the signatories for a global campaign to save the web launched by Tim Berners-Lee.I hope this is something the company plans to change.What’s the story? Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, is concerned that the web is becoming a forum for political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other harms that he fears may plunge us all into what he calls “digital dystopia."He’s launched a new global action plan and is asking governments, companies and individuals to commit to protecting the web and ensuring it benefits humanity.“The power of the web to transform people’s lives, enrich society and reduce inequality is one of the defining opportunities of our time,” he said.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThe older versions of Windows 10 are growing long in the tooth. Microsoft officially released its last cumulative update for Win10 version 1803 (Home or Pro editions) on Nov. 12. It’s scheduled to kill off Win10 version 1809 on May 12 of next year. If you currently run either 1803 or 1809 you should think hard about moving on to one of the next versions, either 1903 or 1909. The good news is that you can control your future version. If you leave your version migration up to Microsoft, you’ll get pushed, ready or not. Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways to take matters into your own hands — yes, even for Win10 Home customers.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThroughout workdays, meetings and industry events, you probably collect a lot of business cards. But if you’re like many business professionals, you lack the time or motivation to type the information on them into your contacts. Why not let a business card scanning app can do the work for you?Using such an app, you snap a photo of a business card with your phone’s camera. The app performs optical character recognition (OCR) on the photo to extract the information printed on the card and categorizes that info into fields (name, job title, phone number, email address, etc.). Some apps’ OCR software can even recognize languages other than English — a plus for today’s global business environment. These results can be added to your phone’s contacts app with a quick tap.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis IT pilot fish works in a big open-plan office, where the last employee out is supposed to turn off the lights.One day, the last person is someone who’s never before been the last to leave, and she can’t find the light switch. She does find a big handle marked “power,” so she flips that.Naturally, all the lights go off, along with everything else. But she heads home having done her duty.Do you feel as if you’ve heard this story before? You might have, but we promise you that this ends up differently from most “somebody went and hit the big red button” stories.Next morning, no one can get in. The electric lock on the front door to the office isn’t working.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comAndroid 10 is filled with both high-profile interface changes (hello, gestures!) and important under-the-hood enhancements (better privacy controls — whee!).But you know what? Having lived with the software for a while now, the feature that's stood out the most to me is something far less conspicuous. It's not something I ever expected to care about or use myself, in fact, despite its undeniable significance for some people.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comGoogle’s AI expertise has long been a strength, and the company has been steadily adding machine-learning capabilities to its G Suite platform. The latest move in that effort allows users to access certain G Suite apps with Google Assistant and introduces Smart Compose text suggestions to Google Docs.Google first announced it would bring its AI voice assistant to G Suite earlier this year; a beta is now under way that lets users manage their Google Calendar schedules with voice commands. This includes the ability to read out calendar entries, as well as create, cancel or reschedule events. G Suite admins can sign up for the beta here.To read this article in full, please click here...

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