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  • When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?
    by Woody Leonhard on January 23, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Time was you could go to Microsoft’s website and get a definitive answer as to when your Surface machine’s support life cycle would end. For reasons unknown, that information isn’t where it used to be. It’s an open question whether Microsoft has unilaterally withdrawn support — a particularly important question, given the ultimate availability of Meltdown/Spectre patches.Let’s say you have a Surface Pro 2 and you want to know if Microsoft will ever fix the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerability on your machine. To date, there’s been no notification one way or the other, but the tea leaves look increasingly bitter.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Mingis on Tech: 2018 and the Blockchain bubble
    by Ken Mingis on January 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    If 2017 was the year blockchain swept the tech industry with the potential to disrupt a variety of verticals -- FinTech, healthcare and shipping – 2018 is already shaping up to be the breakout year for the distributed ledger technology.Case in point: Maersk and IBM announced earlier this month that they've joined forces to create a new company focused on building a blockchain-based electronic shipping platform. According to Maersk, the platform would effectively supplant an archaic system that now relies on legacy technology, and paper, to track shipments around the world – something that could save billions of dollars.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • A new way to save time with text message templates on Android
    by JR Raphael on January 23, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    If you know anything about me, you know that I'm all about saving time and making tech more efficient. And one thing that can always use a potent productivity booster-shot is the act of inputting text from our mobile devices.Déjà vu? Don't worry: You aren't losing your mind. (Well, OK, you might be. But not on account of this, at least.) We've indeed talked about the time wasted with smartphone text input before — not that long ago, in fact, when we were getting into the subject of macros and advanced text substitution. As of this week, though, there's an even easier way to create and use templates for common phone-based responses, and it's built right into one of my favorite messaging apps.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Amazon Is Offering a $40-Off Deal On Its Echo Spot Devices
    by DealPost Team on January 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Amazon's Echo Spot brings you all the features of its Echo, with a screen for displaying weather forecasts, news updates, sports scores, song lyrics and much more. All you need to do is ask Alexa. It fits comfortably on a nightstand and works well as an alarm clock and bedside calendar as well. Watch videos, call your friends, control your smarthome -- new features are added all the time. Right now, if you buy two, Amazon will activate a $40 discount in your cart. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Get 2 USB-C to USB 6-foot Cables For $9.49 Right Now On Amazon
    by DealPost Team on January 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    When you find a good cable for a cheap price, it never hurts to grab it. Anker's USB-C to USB cables feature a double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors, which Anker says makes them more reliable and longer lasting.  With this deal, you'll get two 6-foot cables for $9.49, which is a healthy discount from its average list price. See Anker's discounted cables now on Amazon, where they currently average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 300 customers.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft shoots for AutoSave parity in Mac Office 365
    by Gregg Keizer on January 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Microsoft last week added an auto-save feature to the core applications in Office for Mac 2016, matching what Windows users were given in August.AutoSave is available only to Office for Mac 2016 users who are also subscribers to Office 365.With the refresh to Office for Mac 2016 - which updated the version number to 16.9 - Word, Excel and PowerPoint now automatically save files opened from Microsoft's cloud-based storage services, including OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.Files are automatically saved to the cloud repository "every few seconds," Microsoft said in a support document, adding that the interval may vary "depending on what you are working on."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Trello overhauls app directory for ‘Power-Up’ integrations
    by Matthew Finnegan on January 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    The ability to hook into a range of other applications has become a key facet of team collaboration platforms, as vendors seek to become the hub of workplace productivity.  With that in mind, collaborative work management platform, Trello has been rapidly growing the number of apps that integrate with its software since its $425 million acquisition by Atlassian last year.  There are now 82 Power-Ups available to customers, including integrations with Google, Dropbox and Github; that’s up from 33 prior to the acquisition.  To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The blue-water metric
    by Sharky on January 23, 2018 at 11:35 am

    This IT manager pilot fish is usually one of the first people to get into the office in the morning -- and that gives him a heads-up on a recurring problem."Once each week, when I come in, I see that the water in the toilet is blue," fish says."Very often, on those days, I'll get a call from an employee that their computer and monitors won't power up. I ask them to check the color of the water in the restroom and if it is blue I know what the problem is."They normally tell me I'm nuts."But I'm not. The blue water indicates that the cleaning crew was in the night before. And this cleaning crew has a habit of either unplugging power strips or hitting an on/off switch on the power strip with a vacuum cleaner..."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Is this the new iPhone Xi?
    by Jonny Evans on January 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Well, that didn’t last long — no sooner are we coming to terms with learning that millions of people are indeed prepared to spend over $1,000 on a new Apple smartphone than the rumor machine begins about what’s coming next to the world’s most advanced mobile device.Meet the iPhone Xi We think we know that around 20 percent of iPhones sold in the last quarter were iPhone X models, as that’s what Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) claims. We recently heard Apple may have sold 6 million units of the iPhone X over Thanksgiving alone. The device drove resurgence in China and the U.K.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage
    by Lucas Mearian on January 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Through blockchain, Roberto Galoppini sees an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: His organization, FileZilla, can offer users free online data storage while also allowing them to earn valuable cryptocurrency.Galoppini, director of strategy for FileZilla, the popular, open-source FTP client, said his service is planning to shift direction this year by using a peer-to-peer (P2P), distributed storage platform from Atlanta-based Storj Labs Inc. that will be managed via blockchain.[ Related: Blockchain in the real world: 3 enterprise use cases ]FileZilla, which has been piloting the Storj decentralized storage for several months, had been making money through its free file-sharing service, which is hosted on It pitches users third-party software or offers to let them make money by testing a new web or mobile application. In turn, FileZilla would share revenue with the third-party software vendors.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Skygofree: More Android malware malarkey
    by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on January 23, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Are you scared about Skygofree? I mean, from the sound of things, this newly discovered malware can give the bad guys free rein on your Android smartphone.Let’s start with the facts. Skygofree is bad. It’s Trojan horse malware that can do many horrible things to your Android smartphone.Like what? Glad you asked. Kaspersky, the antivirus company that found it, has a whole laundry list of the terrible, awful, bad things it can do to you.For example, if you get a case of Skygofree, your attacker has his or her choice of 48 different commands on your smartphone. One way or the other, your own personal spy can peek into pretty much any and all information on your smartphone.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes
    by Woody Leonhard on January 22, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    You know how you’re supposed to flash the BIOS or update the UEFI on all of your Intel machines, to guard against Meltdown/Spectre? Well, belay that order, private! Intel just announced that you need to hold off on all of its new patches. No, you can’t uninstall them. To use the technical term, if you ran out and applied your Intel PC’s latest firmware patch, you’re hosed.In what appears to be a catastrophic curtain call to the "oops" moment that I discussed 10 days ago, it now seems that the bright, new firmware versions — which Intel has had six months to patch — have a nasty habit of causing “higher system reboots.”To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Get 29% Off This 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder
    by DealPost Team on January 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    This powerful micro-cut shredder from AmazonBasics turns a letter-sized sheet into 2,235 pieces of confetti, up to 6 sheets at a time (5/32 by 15/32 inches; security level P-4). Inserted one at a time, it also destroys credit cards, rendering them completely unusable. It features a generous 4.1-gallon waste bin that is easy to manage. This micro-cut shredder averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,900 people (72% rate a full 5 stars: read reviews). Its typical list price of $50 has been reduced 29% to $36. See it on Amazon.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead
    by Woody Leonhard on January 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Here’s a quick question. In Windows, if you have a program running when you reboot your machine, does Windows:Start up clean, regardless of what was running at the time of shutdown? Boot, then automatically launch all of the previously running programs? Give you an option, to choose between 1 and 2? The answer? In every version of Windows that I’ve used (going back to Windows 286), it’s clearly the first option. Of course you don’t want your old junk to come back. Cleaning out and starting fresh is a, uh, time-honored Windows tradition.But in Win10 Fall Creators Update — version 1709 — the answer is 2.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained
    by Gregg Keizer on January 22, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Windows 10 will power to its third anniversary this summer, but one branch, identified by the initials L-T-S-B, remains an enigma to most corporate users.LTSB, which stands for "Long-term Servicing Branch," was among the pillars of Windows 10 in the months leading up to, and for months after, the mid-2015 roll-out of the operating system. For a time, it seemed that it had a shot at becoming the Windows 10 for enterprise because it was seen as a calm port in a storm of radical change.[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]That hasn't happened, in part because Microsoft has steered customers away from LTSB.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Those military guys always get the hot technology!
    by Sharky on January 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This IT pilot fish is working for a defense contractor in the 1980s, but the gig isn't exactly a shiny job in a gleaming glass-and-steel environment."This was a classified project, so we were in a hanger away from the nice buildings," says fish."One Monday morning I arrived at work at my usual 0600 hours -- a time when you can get a lot of work done with no one to disturb you. I proceeded to a secure computer room, which was completely shielded -- metal lined the all walls and door, no windows -- and contained several military minicomputers, tape drives, printers and terminals."As I was unlocking the door, I could hear a faint beeping. I opened the door and a torrent of hot air rushed out. The beeping was a loud chorus of overheat alarms.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The future of 3D holograms comes into focus
    by Mike Elgan on January 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Smartphone-based augmented reality (AR) and the AR headset explosion will bring 3D holograms into our lives everywhere. Meanwhile, though, the real AR hologram revolution is being ignored.A hologram is a 3D virtual object that isn’t actually “there,” but looks as if it were, either floating in the air or standing on a nearby desk or table.The “holo” in Microsoft’s HoloLens headset is a reference to holograms. And when we think of these future AR holograms, we think of headsets, goggles such as HoloLens or smartphones running applications created with Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore.The technology is increasingly becoming ubiquitous, and companies are racing to win market domination. A competitor to the HoloLens, the “Lightware” headset from secretive Magic Leap, has been in the news lately, after six years of development at a cost of $2 billion, for two reasons.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Chat happens: Your guide to 8 group-chat services
    by Rick Broida on January 19, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Everyone knows the secret to success — personal and business alike — is good communication. But in what form? If you're trying to communicate with a group in real time, you're no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren't paying attention and somebody's dog barks intermittently throughout the call.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook
    by Woody Leonhard on January 19, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.Let’s step through the, uh, offerings on Jan. 18.Windows 10 patches Win10 Fall Creators Update version 1709 — Cumulative update KB 4073291 brings the Meltdown/Spectre patches to 32-bit machines. What, you thought 32-bit machines already had Meltdown/Spectre patches? Silly mortal. Microsoft’s Security Advisory ADV180002 has the dirty details in the fine print, point 7:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on January 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Fall Creators Update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the Fall Creators Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.To read this article in full, please click her […]