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Alex Jones's Infowars app is also still available on iOS App Store and Google Play store.

Bethesda releases new information on the upcoming Fallout 76 beta: There's good news and bad news.

The popular AMC series won't give fans the romance they want.

Dave Bautista hits out at Disney in the wake of James Gunn's dismissal.

Turns out the FCC's website didn't crash because of multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks.

We finally have some answers on the alleged DDoS attack on the FCC's commenting system.

Superman's cousin is reportedly getting her own superhero movie scripted by The Cloverfield Paradox writer Oren Uziel, but who will play her?

The social network has reportedly reached out to several major US banks.

More employees are combining work trips with weekend getaways, says Airbnb.

The agency believes the district court that allowed the deal to happen relied on two fundamental errors for its decision.

Apple's new patent applications hint at more touch-sensitive surfaces and virtual keyboards.

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite might looking for planets, but it caught a spectacular view of a flying comet.

It starts out affordable, but it can max out near $45,000.

"We have plans," the group says.

Miele has become one of a growing number of companies to offer ready-to-cook meals tied directly to a specific appliance.

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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.

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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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CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.

Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.

At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.

Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.

Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.

It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.

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)?

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.

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