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computerworld.comIf you’re in the market for a powerful, capable, high-end design suite, then you’ll be pleased to hear that CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 is available not only for Windows, but once again for the Mac for the first time since 2001.CorelDRAW comes back to the Mac While its appearance is rather late, the return of the Canadian firm’s graphic design suite is a welcome reflection of the expansion of Apple’s Mac since the software was taken off the platform at the beginning of the century.Corel, which worked with Apple on the project, said it took two years to develop the Mac version. This is feature-identical with the Windows version, including the capacity to open CorelDRAW files created in old versions of the suite on Windows on the Mac.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis is a big month for Microsoft updates. With 64 reported vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s Patch Tuesday release, the focus is on the two zero-days for Microsoft Windows. Both Windows 7 and Windows 10 platforms are affected, leading to a “Patch Now” recommendation for both Windows and browser updates.Both of the reported zero-day vulnerabilities relate to how a core Windows system driver (Win32k) handles objects in memory and both issues could lead to arbitrary code execution on the targeted machines. Unusually, we don’t have a critical update for Adobe, and Microsoft Office has a few, low rated updates that can be scheduled into a standard release cycle.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft in April plans to begin nagging Windows 7 users with messages that the operating system is nearing its forced retirement, the company said Tuesday."Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC," Matt Barlow, a Microsoft marketing executive, wrote in a post to a company blog.[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] Preemptively labeling the nags "courtesy reminders," Barlow told Windows 7 users to expect them "a handful of times" between April and December. Windows 7 officially falls off support on Jan. 14, 2020.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comContractor is doing some construction work in this data center and wants to keep everything safe, reports a pilot fish there.“They needed to rope off the area where the work was being done,” fish says. “They tied the rope to the safety cover of the emergency power off switch.“Of course, somebody ran into the rope and knocked the cover off. This set off the alarm.“So the workman pressed the button to turn off the alarm.“Well, the alarm was shut off — along with the entire data center.”Your story is safe with Sharky. Send me your true tale 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.comOn Dec. 12, Delaware-based Christiana Care Health System went live with Apple's Health Record platform, enabling its patients to use the mobile app and gain real-time access on their iOS devices to information contained in their electronic health records (EHRs)."Then continuing to build on that, there's patient and provider messaging. Being the provider is actually relatively hard work. What do doctors do during the day? It's a serialized, high-volume engagement with patients. At the end of the day, they get to their notes and returning [patient] calls. What we're doing now with provider messaging is the ability to move that conversation to an asynchronous way. Typically, a doctor returns calls at the end of the day, so then you have patients missing that call."To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)...

computerworld.comWrike is a digital work management tool that lets users track and coordinate projects, combining a simple user experience and interface with enough depth for power users.The software, created in 2006, is the brainchild of Write CEO Andrew Filev; at the time, he was in charge of a fast-growing consultancy business with a remote workforce. Wrike officially launched the following year. [ Related: How collaboration apps foster digital transformation ] “Wrike was borne out of my frustration with having to manage multiple teams in a distributed environment and multiple projects - I had to do it via emails and spreadsheets,” Filev said. “There was a need in the market to build a work management platform with world-class collaboration capabilities so that people can easily coordinate and prioritize and manage their work.”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.com[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]A couple of weeks back I wrote that HoloLens 2 was the beginning of a computer revolution. Last week I was able to spend some time with HoloLens 2 and I’m pleasantly surprised that the device was actually better than I thought it would be.I’ve been involved with HoloLens since it was a targeted prototype for Lawrence Livermore Labs, where they pretty much had to assemble it on your head (and it was tethered)! Now it could actually be successfully deployed by someone other than an expert.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple’s competitors appear to be focusing their energies on undermining the 30% business model that supports its services, with Spotify and others arguing that Apple is taking too much cash and limiting competition.This isn’t just about music Think about it and it should be pretty clear this isn’t all about the music.After all, Apple pays higher music streaming artist royalties than its competitors and is not arguing that those royalties be cut.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comOh, hey! Wouldja look at that? Android Q is here!Well, sort of: The first Q developer preview — apparently now being called a "beta" right out of the gate — landed with a thump on these rusty ol' nets of inter Thursday afternoon. The software is far from finished, of course; this is merely an early peek at what Google's cookin' up for its next big Android version, provided mostly as a way for developers to get a head start at preparing for the release's actual arrival later this year (sometime between July and September).To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThe next iteration of Windows 10 will self-diagnose start-up failures and if necessary uninstall recent updates to get the PC up and running, Microsoft quietly announced in a support document earlier this week."If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose and resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes," the document said. "If all these steps are unsuccessful and your machine is still unable to start up properly, Windows will determine if the startup issue was introduced after recent driver or quality updates were installed. If so, these updates may be uninstalled automatically to get the device back to a workable state.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comPilot fish gets a panicked phone call from the central control supervisor at a busy international airport. The VT420 dumb terminals are double-displaying every character typed, so that “exit,” for example, is being displayed as “eexxiitt.” Of course, when users hit Enter after typing “exit,” they get an error message regarding the unknown command “eexxiitt.”The terminals are used to enter commands to do things such as starting up and shutting down the central control software — thus the panic.Fish takes a look and sees that there’s a setup menu that lets you control the behavior of the terminal. One of the menu options — about three levels deep — is “Turn on Local Echo.” The sole purpose of Local Echo is to repeat each character typed on the keyboard.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple has announced WWDC 2019 will take place in San Jose, California, in early June. What can we expect to see at the show?What is WWDC? Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) is the company’s annual developer event at which its engineers speak with the company’s vast dev community, explain what’s new within its operating systems and provide deep insight into how its systems can be used to build third-party services and products.WWDC 2019 is the thirtieth ever such event and is expected to host 6,000 people with thousands more watching news and talks from the show online.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comTech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location SXSW Covering everything from entertainment to entrepreneurship, this sprawling conference has tracks dedicated to Tech Industry & Enterprise, Coding & Development, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Health & Medtech, and VR/AR/MR. 2019-03-08 2019-03-17 Austin, TX Share This bi-ennial event offers 500+ sessions focused on enterprise IT topics such as Pervasive Encryption, Cloud technology, Data Privacy, the API Economy and IBM Z topics. 2019-03-10 2019-03-15 Phoenix, AZ Enterprise Connect Aimed at companies looking to upgrade or replace legacy systems or deploy and integrate next-gen communications and collaboration systems, services, apps and networks. 2019-03-18 2019-03-21 Orlando, FL AGENDA19 Each year the focus of IDG's business leadership conference aligns with the most pressing business and technology issues of the day. 2019-03-18 2019-03-20 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL LibrePlanet 2019 The Free Software...

computerworld.comMicrosoft’s cloud storage service, OneDrive, can back up your personal and work files online. It’s built into Windows 10. With it you can sync files on your Windows 10 PC to the cloud and to your other Windows PCs, smartphone or tablet (with the OneDrive app for Android or iOS installed on either). It can even sync your cloud files to your Mac (via the OneDrive desktop app).To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)...

computerworld.comPilot fish is working at the Washington headquarters of a federal bureau, one that may or may not do investigations, but one that definitely has offices all over the world.Fish wants to print a document, but the color printer in his office area is out of toner, and none will be available until the next day.So he opens the print manager, sees his printer in the list, and changes his print command to the next printer down. And he adds a page with his office room number, his phone number and his email, asking whoever finds the printout to contact him and let him know where to find the doc so he can pick it up. The next morning, there’s an email waiting for him: “This is the Legal Attache Office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. When can we expect you to come pick up your printout?”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIBM today unveiled Blockchain World Wire, a near real-time global payments network based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms.The blockchain-based network will offer a new way for  cross-border payment exchange and international settlement. (The settlements can be done in five to 10 seconds.) The network is currently able to transfer funds to more than 50 countries using 47 digital coins backed by fiat currencies.[ Further reading: What is FinTech (and how has it evolved)? ] IBM claims its World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging and clearing and settlement on a single unified network while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comSlack has given large business customers control over the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data created in its team collaboration application. The enterprise key management (EKM) feature was initially unveiled at the company’s Frontiers event in San Francisco in September, ahead of a closed pilot project; it is now available to all customers of Enterprise Grid, which is targeted at company-wide deployments at large organizations. To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMany enterprise users will be interested to learn that Apple has introduced significantly faster iPad mini and iPad Air models – they may also be interested to learn about new features the company will soon introduce in Pages, Keynote and Numbers that make its free productivity suite even more useful for enterprise professionals.iWork is about to become even more useful Look around, and you’ll frequently find tablets, mostly iPads, in use in real-world business scenarios.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comPilot fish is helping his pastor fine-tune the church LAN when he notices that the day-care facility next door has a wide-open and unsecured Wi-Fi connection.Fish’s pastor wants to connect to the day-care center’s printer and print a document saying, “This is from your neighbors. You need to tighten the security on your Wi-Fi.”Fish suggests that they instead print a document that says, “This is from God. You need to go to church. There’s a really nice one right next door.”“Too bad the pastor overruled me,” says fish.Sharky wants your true tale of IT life. If you can’t send it directly to my printer, email it to me 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.comA pair of Windows 10 feature upgrades will soon collide, with one just beginning to get traction on PCs as its successor readies for release.It's unclear how Microsoft will handle the dilemma, which traces its roots to the debacle last year when the company was forced to pull the fall feature upgrade after it deleted user files without permission.[ Related: How to clean up your Windows 10 act ] According to AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 October 2018 Update - 1809 in Microsoft's yymm labeling format - powered just 21% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of Feb. 25.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWhy do so many people in the business IT community still make fun of fax?And no, we’re not questioning whether fax is worthy of a few jokes.Of course it is.In an era of smartphones and instantaneous, cloud-based data transfer, most companies’ fax setups rely on paper, ink drums, and the twentieth-century telephone network. Ha, ha. eFax Corporate No, we’re asking why we still hear fax jokes at all (while people long ago stopped making snarky remarks about, say, mimeograph machines and tape recorders). Have you guessed the answer yet?To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple’s newly updated iMacshave plenty to offer enterprise and consumer users, not least its faster processors and much-improved graphics performance.At the movies It is interesting to note that Apple chose to announce these new Macs with nothing but a press release, even though they’ve not seen significant update since WWDC 2017.This likely reflects the importance with which the company sees the launch of its disintermediated video streaming service in March 2019.To read this article in full, please click here...