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The automotive electronics maker gave a sneak peek to how our cars might look in the future with its dashboard displays.

CES is no E3, but there was plenty of hardware and virtual reality to be discovered on the show floor. These are some of the best things we saw.

When the ride-hailing company's offices are raided in other countries, it uses software to lock down employees' devices and protect its data.

The prettiest coffee maker you'll ever see was on display at the UK pavilion at CES. We spoke to these British companies to see what they have and why they came to Las Vegas.

Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered will feature enhanced visuals on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kenmore's Elite Smart top-load washer and companion dryer work with the Kenmore Smart app.

Startups from around the world, including several from the UK, flock to CES not for splashy products debuts, but to make deals and win attention.

Henrik Fisker has a troubled past with his previous company, Fisker Automotive. Can his new electric car redeem his reputation?

The chipmaker first said there would be "near zero" impact on its chips from one variant of a flaw that makes sensitive information vulnerable.

Last year was hard for YouTube, with headlines about shocking content on the site. And the company's head of product says there's much work to do in 2018.

You don't need a giant alien head and a weird oboe-like instrument to perform the cantina theme song. You just need a pencil.

Audi's beloved sedan-coupe-wagon-thing gets its first total do-over since 2010, and they're bringing it to Detroit.

The entry-level McLarens get new colors, brakes, roofs and suspension for 2019.

Director James Gunn digs into a Reddit theory and unveils the past crimes of the various superheroes. Peter did what?

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Microsoft today told enterprises that Windows 10's second feature upgrade of last year, October's "Fall Creators Update," had been sufficiently tested and is ready to deploy across their organizations.

The announcement came slightly short of three months after the Oct. 17, 2017, debut of Fall Creators Update, better known to corporate customers as 1709 in Microsoft's yymm nomenclature.

"Enterprise customers...can also fully deploy when ready," wrote John Cable, a Microsoft director of program management, in a post to a company blog.

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2017 was a tough year for many. It exposed the dark side of human nature most people have long tried to ignore or deny: Racism, sexism, predatory sexual behavior, and using tech to cheat at things we all agree should be fair." 

Something interesting happened this week at CES.

I'm not talking about the flashy keynotes, the annual" TV trot-out, or even the gyrating robot strippers (though, okay, that last one sure was...something).

As we rappel down the Patch Tuesday rabbit hole this month, Microsoft just announced it'-™s going to start pushing its January Windows security patches onto AMD processors again. But it neglects to mention which ones. Per a late-night change to KB 4073707:

Microsoft has resumed updating the majority of AMD devices with the Windows operating system security update to help protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.

While the hype around bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has sent their prices " skyrocketing, some governments and companies are restricting activity to head off potential money laundering and protect consumers from a credit meltdown.

Cryptocurrencies have begun to exit once-friendly China for more open nations and other regions and businesses are beginning to impose restrictions on how '-" or even whether '-" they can be used.

Open blockchains, such as bitcoin, are only the first to be affected by increased regulatory oversight. Depending on how they're used, permissioned blockchains, or those that are centrally administered and used for general transactions, could also be affected by the push to reign in the cryptocurrency technology.

There have been many companies whose products have changed, and even revolutionized the way in which we live, but it'-™s hard to find one which has had the global impact of Microsoft." 

People like them and dislike them for various reasons, but I sincerely doubt that any of us can objectively dismiss the impact Microsoft has made." 

Founded in 1975, they are a young company by many standards, which may be a contributing factor to their success, but part of their success has been their resilience and ability to respond to changing technologies, market demands, and business opportunities." 

In some cases, they have created opportunities, and even demand, while in others they were slow to respond or late to react." 

If you're a tax time do-it-yourselfer, this is a deal that will save you money, and potentially make you some money as well.

H&R Block's popular tax software is fully updated for 2018 and designed to make your 2017 tax prep easier and more convenient. Step-by-step interviews guide you through a customized experience relevant to your tax situation, so you know everything is accounted for. This version contains everything you need to prepare your federal and state taxes in one complete program, and everything can be handled electronically (including the PC or Mac software download). Right now the tax software's price is reduced 33% on Amazon to $29.99.

Everyone knows how to print from their Mac, right? You just hit the Print button (or Command-P) '-" but are you using these print-related tricks?

How to print from the Dock

What if you didn'-™t even have to open documents to print them? What if you could just print from the document icon in Finder using drag & drop? You can" '-” here'-™s how:

  • Open System Preferences>Printers & Scanners.
  • Look to the Printers list and select the printer you want to use.
  • Drag & drop the printer icon from the list to your Dock.
  • You should see the icon for that printer appear in your Dock.
  • Quit System Preferences.

In the future, you'-™ll be able to print items just by dropping them on the print icon in your Dock. When you drop, you won'-™t see the usual print tools, but you will see the printer'-™s management window in which you can cancel printing if you want.

You " may recall that Microsoft disabled automatic Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) in Word back in December. I wrote about the problem and its solution in "Office as a malware delivery platform: DDE, Scriptlets, Macro obfuscation." Microsoft stopped automatic DDE, the {DDEAUTO} field in Word, while setting up certain registry entries that can soften that decision.

This month, I was surprised to discover Microsoft has made a roughly analogous change in Excel. Applying this month'-™s Excel security patches doesn'-™t change the DDE server launch and DDE server lookup settings, but it does give admins the ability to stifle both of the user prompts associated with DDE access.

Microsoft said Tuesday that Windows 7 PCs would run slower after receiving and installing the crash updates designed to stymie attacks that leverage the recently-disclosed vulnerabilities in virtually every in-use microprocessor.

But for Windows 10, a Microsoft executive said, "We don't expect most users to notice a change because these [slowdown] percentages are reflected in milliseconds."

The contrast, general though it was, came from Terry Myerson, who leads the company's Windows group.

"With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kaby Lake or newer CPU), benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns," Myerson wrote in a Tuesday post to a Microsoft blog. Skylake and Kaby Lake were the codenames for the Intel processors launched in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The bulk of new personal computers sold in 2016 and 2017 were equipped with Skylake or Kaby Lake CPUs (central processor units).

Networking pilot fish is sent to do some work at a remote customer site. "It's my first time there, and the visit is an eye-opener," reports fish. "The location turns out to be a janitor's utility closet in a small building that's been converted to house the network equipment and a couple of important servers.

"Cable runs from naked holes in the wall, in undifferentiated bundles held up by tie-wraps attached to drop-ceiling crossbeams. The room isn't temperature controlled, and the servers are sitting on shelves that line the walls."

Fish swallows his misgivings and starts looking for the switch he's supposed to work on. He finds it under a bundle of cable, covered in plaster dust and old spider webs. Dusting it off, he starts in on it.

It can be a challenge to create presentations that are relevant and engaging and make your customer want to say, '-'Yes, yes, yes!'-"(Insider Story)

The growing rivalry between Amazon and Google in the battle for virtual assistant dominance intensified at this year'-™s CES in Las Vegas.

While both have a strong claim as front runners '-" with Amazon arguably leading the charge at this stage '-" it'-™s clear that Apple'-™s Siri and Microsoft'-™s Cortana are lagging. Case in point: Several major PC makers launched Windows 10 hardware and trumpeted Alexa support as a major selling point. (Cortana will, of course, also be available since it'-™s built into Windows 10, but it is the arrival of Alexa that was a key selling pitch.

The Windows 10 devices launched this week with Alexa built include HP'-™s small form-factor Pavilion Wave PC; Acer'-™s Aspire; Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks; Asus'-™ 2018 ZenBook and VivoBook laptops; and Lenovo'-™s Thinkpad X1 Carbon and Yoga devices.

Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office '-” currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they'-™re available. We'-™re doing for you, so you don'-™t have to.

Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 '-” all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We'-™ll add info about new updates as they'-™re rolled out.

Welcome to another banner Patch Tuesday. Microsoft yesterday released 56 separately identified security patches for every supported version of Windows, Office, .Net, Internet Explorer and Edge. Out of that monstrous pile, only one patch cures a currently exploited problem '-” a flaw in Word'-™s Equation Editor that should have been fixed in November.

If you'-™re a '-'normal'-" user, your first priority shouldn'-™t be Microsoft'-™s patches, notwithstanding the fabulous PR job performed on Meltdown and Spectre'-™s behalf. Assuming you don'-™t open random Word docs with dicey embedded equations, your main concern right now should be getting your antivirus house in order.

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BYTE is starting a new series, to bring back the issues you loved in print from 1975 to 1998. Initially we have the first two issues and four others from 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Security experts urge companies to implement two-factor authentication, VPNs, and graduated permission levels to better protect customer data from hackers.

Microsoft admits that it doesn't encrypt all server-to-server communications, opening the way for the NSA and others to access the data flow.

Affordable Care Act site has faced a relatively low volume of attacks, compared with other federal websites.

Google's Gmail app for iPad and iPhone gets new features and iOS 7's design language.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announces PostgreSQL database service, new instance types, use of solid state disk to speed I/Os.

As software eclipses hardware, it's dawning on enterprises that they need API programs. Here's where to begin.

Authors Guild's claim of copyright infringement gets shot down in a surprise ruling.

The goal is allow home monitoring devices and mobile health apps communicate more easily healthcare providers.

Google's personal assistant software gets upgraded to better manage owners' lives and understand natural language requests.

Android smartphones owners can now pay for goods and services by tapping their device to Isis terminals at 1.3 million locations nationwide.

LinkedIn pushes customized content with the integration of news curation app Pulse for desktop and mobile versions.

Hacker grabbed 860,000 passwords for fun, but promises not to leak or use them to harm people.

VMware wants to move into cloud computing? Guess what, Amazon's moving into desktop virtualization.

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Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is '-'disgusted'-" after an automated call sent to her phone from the city'-™s school district mispronounced her daughter'-™s name as a racial slur.

You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-™t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...

Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13)." As the new name suggests, it'-™s just a refinement of last year'-™s Mac OS Sierra. In fact," you" could sum up what's new in an article about as short as" this one.

Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.

Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...

Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.

Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.

Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.

Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.

There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.

More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.

Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.

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