Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.
What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what'-s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you'-ll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).
From hardware diversity to customization potential, Android offers no shortage of enticing benefits for business users. Out of the box, though, a typical Android phone is anything but optimized for productivity.
Power up most popular phones, and you'll find ineffective home screens, mediocre keyboards and all sorts of untapped potential. But all it takes is a little tweaking to go from unrefined gizmo to finely tuned work companion.
Follow these eight steps, and your Android phone will be primed for productivity and ready for business.
1. Optimize your home screen
One of the simplest and most impactful ways to improve your phone's effectiveness is to focus on its foundation: the home screen. Your home screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your device, and it's the launching point for practically everything you do. Yet for most people, it's a cluttered and inefficient mess '- and that, suffice it to say, is counterproductive.
The U.S. wireless market quality, reliability, speed and customer satisfaction are better and stronger than ever according to three studies by J.D. Power, OpenSignal and Ookla. These factors used to be very important for customers in their choice of carrier. Today, carriers generally offer excellent quality from coast to coast. No one carrier is best in every area however. Let'-s look the best way for you to choose the right carrier for you.
Twenty-years ago there were dozens of smaller wireless carriers. Today, there are fewer, larger national carriers. They have all improved, year after year. Back then, quality was not consistent, but the choice was simpler. Smartphones were not yet the rage, so the choice was for voice only. Each carrier would have cities with great quality and other cities with lousy quality.
Apple chipmaker TSMC suffered a serious WannaCry-related ransomware infection that closed down production at some of its factories. The incident should be a wake-up call for manufacturers across every industry.
Manufacturing is under attack
TSMC has said the incident was not the result of a direct attack. Instead it says its systems were exposed to the malware '-'when a supplier installed tainted software without a virus scan.'-"
The malware spread fast and impacted some of the company'-s most advanced facilities used to build Apple'-s A-series chips.
While the financial services and shipping industries have been quick to deploy blockchain, the healthcare industry could soon follow their lead as it looks to increase efficiency and security, reduce costs and expand services with the distributed ledger technology.
It's the early 1980s, and the corporate department where this pilot fish works decides to replace its aging minicomputers with the hottest thing in departmental IT: the IBM System/38.
"But the budget wouldn't support a brand new one, so we bought a used system from a Japanese company," says fish. "Several people in other departments were heard to jokingly wonder if the new system would speak Japanese.
"It was shipped over to us and then sat without power in the computer room for several months while the rest of the project -- terminals, twinax cables, modems, software and user training -- slowly ground forward.
Once upon a time, Microsoft symbolized all that was wrong with the tech world: greedy, monopolistic, single-mindedly focused on profits while caring little about the public good. In the heyday of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company ran roughshod over competitors in its attempt to corral the worldwide market for both operating systems and application software.
But today, Microsoft has embraced the role of the tech world'-s better angel. And as events show in recent weeks, that'-s not hype. The company has, to some extent, tried to act as the industry'-s conscience as well as taking actions for the greater good.
One case in point: Microsoft'-s recent revelation that it had uncovered evidence that the Russian government had targeted three congressional campaigns in the upcoming midterm elections '- and that it had helped thwart the plot. Microsoft discovered the attempts as part of its long-running battle against the Russian government'-"backed hacking cyber-espionage group called Fancy Bear. Microsoft, which has been playing whack-a-mole with the group for well over a year, targets the command-and-control servers that control malware that Fancy Bear plants on victims'- computers, as well as associated websites that install malware on targets'- computers when the victims visit them as a result of a spearphishing attack.
A huge gulf exists between what businesses know about voice-enabled technologies, and what they do about it.
To illustrate that fact, Globant surveyed more than 600 senior decision makers and found that while huge majority of respondents see big benefits to voice technology, only 31% use it daily at work.
It's no secret that voice technology is valuable. Just look at the consumer smart speaker market. More than 43 million Americans now own one. Many of the people who will eventually use voice technology at work are already using it every day at home.
No doubt you recall patching guru Susan Bradley'-s open letter to Microsoft brass, summarizing the results of her Windows update survey. The results were quite damning in many ways, with complaints about the quality and frequency of patches topping the list.
Microsoft has responded to the open letter in a rather roundabout way. Two days after Computerworld posted the open letter, Bradley received an email that says:
It'-s Friday. You're a few hours away from your weekend and you probably have a lot to get through, so here'-s a small collection of tips that should help you get things done a little faster.
I repeat this in every collection because it'-s so useful: Tap Command-Space" whenever you want to find something on your Mac. Tap Command-Space" whenever you want to get a currency conversion or a quick sum. Tap Command-Space" to open an application. Tap it, and then start typing the item, currency, sum or application name. You should see it appear in the Spotlight search window you just opened. Select it" (if it isn'-t already selected) and hit Return" (or take a note of the answer to your question which you should see in the bar). Simple. Fast. Effective.
This data center is run by a tech who thinks very highly of himself -- and isn't afraid to make sure everyone else knows about the wonder that he is, reports a pilot fish on the receiving end.
"He made it clear at every opportunity how he did things better than everyone else, including his vendors like me and my organization," fish says.
"I happened to be in the neighborhood one day when the call came in that this customer had a problem, and we better respond -- or else."
When fish arrives, it quickly becomes evident that the crisis is due to an operator error: setting the wrong system date after some routine maintenance.
That's not good, since it's a time-critical business. But fish knows it shouldn't be a big deal to fix -- just restore some data from a backup, right?
Microsoft's and Mozilla's browsers fell to new lows in July as users continued to switch to Google's behemoth, Chrome, which again looks unstoppable.
According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge dropped to a combined user share of 15.4% last month, down a whopping 3.8 percentage points from June. Meanwhile, Mozilla's Firefox cast off a much smaller two-tenths of a percentage point, recording a user share of 9.7%. Microsoft's July number was a record low in Computerworld's tracking of browser data, which began in 2005. Firefox's figure was its smallest user share since February 2006, when it was fighting for the scraps left by the then-dominant IE.
One of my favorite Android shortcuts is the Nougat-introduced ability to snap between apps. Much like Alt-Tab for Windows, you simply double-tap your device's Overview key, and bam: You're zapped back and forth between your two most recently used processes in the blink of an eye.
It's one of Android's most useful hidden features '- but with the soon-to-be-released Android P update, it's a whole new ballgame. Thanks to P's new gesture navigation system, the Overview key is no more. So instead of having the handy ol' double-tap-to-snap shortcut, you get a new flick-the-Home-button-to-the-right equivalent.
'-'In the railway industry, businesses around the world are using iPhone and iPad to support operations, training, passenger engagement, and maintenance activities,'-" said Apple's chief financial officer (CFO), Luca Maestri, during the company's Q318 financial call. I thought I'-d find out more.
iOS on the rails
Where are these railways?
In the U.S., U.K., Japan, Hong Kong and beyond, railway operators are using iOS.
Railways aren'-t unique, of course. Apple has become an HR issue for enterprise employers, 81 percent of which who plan to purchase a smartphone in the next few months will buy iPhones, according to 451 Research.
Your smartphone is a powerful computer in your pocket '- and with Android, part of that PC-like muscle means being able to plug your phone into any Windows or Mac system and drag and drop files either way.
Unlike iPhones, Android devices allow you to access their file systems directly from a desktop, without the need for any cumbersome interfaces or complicated procedures. In fact, transferring files to or from an Android device is basically no different than plugging an external hard drive into your computer and moving data to or from it.
All you need is your phone, your computer and a cable to connect 'em '- with micro-USB or USB-C on the phone side and USB-A or USB-C on the computer side, depending on the specifics of your devices. (Most newer high-end Android phones use USB-C, whereas most pre-2016 devices and many current budget-level phones have the older micro-USB standard. USB-A, meanwhile, is the traditional connector port you're used to seeing on computers, while some newer models like Apple's latest MacBooks have USB-C.) There's a decent chance that the same cable that connects your phone to its wall charger will work.