Intel releases more Meltdown/Spectre fixes, Microsoft feints SP3 patch

Intel says it has most -- but not all -- of the buggy Meltdown/Spectre firmware patches in order. While Microsoft announces but doesn’t ship a firmware fix for the Surface Pro 3.

These are the 16 commands you'll use most with your HomePod

I thought it might be time to share some of the commands I think most people will want to use most often with Apple's HomePod.

Mingis on Tech: Apple's latest iOS healthcare push

When iOS 11.3 arrives later this year, it will allow a limited number of users to more easily access and share healthcare data -- part of Apple's ongoing push to connect patients and doctors. Here's what that means and why Apple might actually succeed.

How to use OneDrive in Windows 10 to sync and share files

If you have Windows 10, you have OneDrive. Here's how to use Microsoft's cloud storage service in Windows 10. (Free reg. req.)

5 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool

While the full potential of blockchain may not be understood by business execs, that's not keeping companies from aggressively exploring how the secure, distributed ledger technology can save time and money.

Google's latest beta hints at what should be a key Android P feature

Is this a sign of Google testing the waters for something grander? If not, then it should be.

Apple is not as good as its bottom line

Apple’s quarterly report may look golden, but there are fundamental problems behind its billions in profit.

So long, Swype: A eulogy for a mobile keyboard pioneer

Swype hasn't been spectacular in a long time, but its impact on Android and mobile typing in general is undeniable.

Will an EZPass mobile payment partnership work? It very well could

With a smartphone and an RFID tag on the window, shoppers may be able to forgo using plastic at all gas stations and drive-through restaurants. But will they?

Buggy Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4074588 causes problems

The February patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, has drawn criticism and problem reports of many shades, from many corners.

22 Siri productivity tips for iPhone enterprise pros

The best productivity tools are the ones you always have with you, and when it comes to enterprise productivity it's pretty clear that most knowledge workers are adopting iPhones - so here are some Siri tips to help you stay productive.

10 tips for preventing Slack burnout

Group chat apps such as Slack can help teams collaborate and be productive -- but they can also get overwhelming, with too many messages demanding your attention. Here's how to tame the Slack beast. (Free reg. req.)

6 Mac tips that will make you way more productive

What follows are six handy Mac hints and tips that I hope will help you get things done faster and more effectively.

Who does JD Power say has best wireless purchase experience?

JD Power just released the results of their 2018 wireless purchase experience study. There are a couple important bits of information that buyers need to know, but no one is talking about.

Google’s new core competency is guessing what you’ll do, then doing it (so you don’t have to!).

Microsoft hints at early April release of Windows 10's next feature upgrade

Based on the current progress for Windows 10 version 1809, due out this fall, it now looks like the spring update for the OS will arrive on April 3 or 10.

Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

Stefan Kanthak, reporting on the Bugtraq mailing list, shows how Microsoft’s own security patch download links are based on HTTP, not HTTPS

6 reasons iMac Pro is ready for the enterprise

The iMac Pro -- and the powerful applications you can run on it -- has much to offer many industries, including architecture, product design and film making.

28 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient

Google Assistant has some genuinely useful productivity tools for professionals — and it's up to you to learn how to use them.

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17101, released on Feb. 14, 2018.

Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?

ICYMI: Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, 'System Scan is Recommended'. So, what is this message, and what should you do if you see it?

12 wireless chargers for Apple's new iPhone X

ICYMI: Thinking about wireless charging now that you purchased an iPhone X? We've compiled a list of great Qi-enabled wireless chargers that will pair perfectly with your new gadget.

Windows 10: A guide to the updates

ICYMI: What you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4074588, released Feb. 13, 2018.

5 missing footnotes from those Android P rumors

ICYMI: Android P rumor season has begun -- but this first batch of tantalizing teases could use a little clarification.

How to use iCloud Keychain: The guide

ICYMI: Learn how to use Apple's iCloud Keychain to keep passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi logins and other critical data safe, as well as create and recall complex passcodes.

6 hidden liabilities of enterprise SaaS applications

ICYMI: Demand for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based solutions is strong. No question about that, but less obvious are the limits and hidden liabilities of this popular business model.

Mingis on Tech: What's coming up at Mobile World Congress?

ICYMI: This year's MWC gets under way Feb. 26 in Barcelona, and while hardware announcements are a given, attendees are more likely to be hearing a lot about 5G networking.

2018 CCA Mobile Carriers Show helps smaller wireless carriers compete

ICYMI: Larger wireless carriers consistently win the majority of market share. Smaller carriers can also be successful, if they learn the right lessons to successfully compete.

iFixit: Apple's HomePod is 'built like a tank'

ICYMI: iFixit is impressed with Apple's advanced speaker design, but this is not an easy system to upgrade.

Mobile app management is being driven by unmanaged devices

ICYMI: The growth in unmanaged devices owned by employees or contractors is driving adoption of stand-alone mobile application management (MAM) software and services, according to a new report.

The wireless road warrior’s essential guide

ICYMI: You can leave your cables at home and still be able to charge your phone, get online, print and more.

Think you know web browsers? Take this quiz and prove it.

ICYMI: The browser isn't as glamorous as it used to be, but it's still among the most powerful and reliable tools of the Information Age. On the 25th anniversary of Mosaic -- remember that? -- take our quiz on the history and technology of browsers and see how much you really know.

Technostress is killing productivity. Culture is the cure.

ICYMI: Pay attention to the technology malady of our time. It's making your employees miserable -- and unproductive.

Office 365: A guide to the updates

ICYMI: Get the latest info on feature, bug fix and security updates for Office 365 for Windows as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Version 1801 (Build 9001.2144), released on Feb. 7, 2018.

How can Apple's HomePod stake space in the enterprise?

ICYMI: An outstanding smart speaker for the home has some potential as an enterprise product.

Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

ICYMI: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection can detect ongoing attacks on corporate networks, investigate the attack or breach, and provide response recommendations. It will be added to Windows 7 and 8.1 by this summer.

Microsoft to test blockchain-based self-sovereign ID system

ICYMI: Microsoft plans to pilot a blockchain-based digital ID platform that would allow users to control access to sensitive online information via an encrypted data hub.

Chrome 68 to condemn all unencrypted sites by summer

ICYMI: Google in July will start inserting a 'not secure' label in the address bar of every website that uses HTTP connections between its servers and users.

Windows 10 cheat sheet

ICYMI: Get to know the interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system.

Windows 10 S comes to an undignified — but not unexpected — end

ICYMI: Well, that didn’t take long. While Microsoft claims that Windows 10 S is now a Windows 10 “mode,” the truth is that this attempted counter to Google Chrome OS has floundered.

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

ICYMI: If February turns out half as bad as January, you’ll thank your lucky stars if you take a few minutes now and make sure Windows Update is turned off. Temporarily, of course.

FAQ: Office 2019 is coming; here's what you need to know

ICYMI: Microsoft has provided few details about the next non-subscription version of Office, coming next year. We've teased out some answers to pressing questions about the suite.

HP expands its Device-as-a-Service offering to include Apple

HP has added Apple smartphones, tablets and laptops to its list of hardware it now supports under its managed service.

Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status

Windows Analytics can now scan enterprise PCs running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and report on whether they're prepped to fend off attacks based on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

Apple's macOS Server strategy shifts again

The company is planning to deprecate a number of services that could hit SMB customers, though larger enterprise users are less likely to be affected.

Best R packages for data import, data wrangling & data visualization

Here are some useful R packages in a handy searchable table

What the virtual assistant battle is really all about, in a single word

Once you understand why all these tech companies so desperately want you to adore their assistants, the push for a "smart" everything suddenly makes a lot more sense.

IBM sees blockchain as ready for government use

In testimony before a congressional committee, IBM's Jerry Cuomo warned against over-regulation because of cryptocurrency volatility, said the government should embrace the distributed ledger technology and encouraged its use in the enterprise.

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

Two imminent problems with Outlook haven’t been exploited yet, but they’re worrisome. Also, the new-new KB 2952664, in addition to its snooping duties, scans for Meltdown/Spectre protection – but only for those with Azure subscriptions.

Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?

Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, 'System Scan is Recommended'. So, what is this message, and what should you do if you see it?

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