Companies and brands are starting to quit social media.
This quitting takes many forms. Many are reducing or ending their presence on sites such as Facebook and placing new emphasis on other social sites.
Another approach is to back off on organic reach and instead use social advertising primarily or exclusively.
And yet another approach is getting off social media altogether.
There are several good reasons for this:
Social sites such as Facebook take away control.
With Facebook'-s '-'monopoly on everybody'-" '- which is to say that Facebook has long been the social network with the most users and therefore the strongest network effects '- companies were told that they had to be on Facebook because that'-s where the customers were, and also because, on social media, messages can go viral, resulting in what is essentially free advertising.
Microsoft Windows 10 has gone a long way towards fixing the problems that were endemic with earlier versions of Windows '- notably Windows 8. But it's still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.
3. Fix Start menu woes
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).
Enterprise IT groups are at odds with each other'-especially at large corporations. IT professionals have few choices available to them in driving their organizations towards solutions that scale and solve for the needs of every IT silo. This leads to the deployment of point solutions managed separately by each group, further driving the silo-fication of IT. Part of the problem is that niche monitoring solutions provide views that are either too acute to be relevant to the larger organization, or too obtuse to be useful in solving niche issues. Each IT domain, be it application, network or infrastructure, tends to be monitored, analyzed and sometimes even remediated via its own runbook. However, these processes are happening per domain and not holistically across the business. Additionally, the increasing TCO pressures, evolving best practices and the dynamic nature of modern IT environments have intensified this fragmentation.
We'-ve looked at what improvements to expect in 2018'-s iPhones and iPad Pros; today we explore the current speculation surround Apple Watch Series 4, which may also be introduced at Apple'-s Gather Round" special event" on Sept. 12
We actually don'-t know a huge amount about the next-generation of this important Apple product. We can imagine a faster processor, and it seems reasonable to anticipate an improved or upgraded W2 chip. But what else is being discussed?
Old Android phones are everywhere. They're in closets, kitchens, desk drawers '- and, yes, even in the pockets of productive business people who (gasp!) haven't bothered to upgrade in a while.
Despite the constant marketing to the contrary, mobile devices can remain perfectly capable long after their launch dates. They can, however, start to seem a little slow or behind the curve after a few years of use '- and the older and more resource-limited a device is, the more pronounced that effect is likely to be.
But wait! Don't abandon hope just yet: A handful of simple steps can make your old Android phone feel new (or at least newer) again. And whether you're still carrying the device around as a daily driver or using it for more creative purposes, every little improvement counts.
First came BYOD.
Then in response, companies came up with MDM '-" and later, the more granular MAM '-" as part of an overall EMM strategy.
And now we're all moving toward UEM.
Allow us to explain: BYOD refers to employees who years ago began bringing in their own devices (smartphones and tablets) to work. That forced companies to come up with an enterprise mobility management (EMM) strategy to protect corporate data, which at first entailed mobile device management (MDM) and more recently, mobile app management (MAM).
This IT pilot fish is assigned to do a system installation for a bank that happens to be not far from his old hometown.
"It was for a small but important department at the bank," says fish. "The department head was my liaison in configuring the product and converting their current information.
"Working with him was fraught. Some days he had lots of questions, and he answered mine. Other days he seemed sullen, had no time for me and changed direction on critical decisions.
"Eventually I completed the job and moved on.
"About six months later, I was visiting family and picked up a local newspaper. It had an interesting article -- it seems that department head had just pled guilty to misappropriation of funds.
A decade after Google launched the first iteration of Chrome, this week the company updated the browser to version 69, touting a freshened user interface (UI), an enhanced password manager and a more informative address bar.
Google also patched 40 security vulnerabilities in the browser and paid bug bounties to researchers who reported the flaws.
Chrome updates in the background, so users can usually just relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-and-upgrade process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site.
Data breaches are at an all-time high. Industry giants such as Facebook, Best Buy, and FedEx were once thought to be invulnerable, but these last few years have revealed that even giants can be harmed. As such, the demand for IT professionals with cybersecurity experience, or '-'white hat/ethical hackers'-" has grown considerably. IT professionals can take advantage of this lucrative and growing field by earning cybersecurity certifications; this Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle contains prep courses for three popular certifications for only $69.
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 this 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.
BARCELONA '-" Atlassian'-s co-CEO this week apologized to HipChat and Stride users facing disruption as a result of a decision to discontinue the team chat apps.
The Australian software vendor sold the intellectual property for the chat assets to Slack in late July for an undisclosed fee; in return, Atlassian '-" which also owns a range of business collaboration tools including Jira, Confluence and Trello '-" will make a small equity investment in Slack.
Dearly beloved, we gather here today to mourn the loss of two pioneers in the Google hardware universe '- two names near and dear to many of our hearts, and names whose final spark has now flickered and faded.
This virtual funeral honors the memory of both the Nexus and Chromebook Pixel lines of devices '- the inaugural Google-branded flagship products for Android and Chrome OS, respectively. The two have now joined their cousins Google Reader, Google Lively, and Google More Messaging Services Than Any Semi-Sane Person Can Possibly Count in the severely overcrowded Google graveyard.
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]
One of the common mistakes made by companies is that both they and their customers often take upgrades and improvements for granted. They don'-t promote them, we as users often don'-t use them and, even if we do, unless the changes are heavily marketed we tend to take these changes in stride and devalue them.
This is a problem when a competitor emerges or when it comes time to upgrade to a new version of a product, because we'-re likely to try the competing product or avoid the upgrade'-¦because we don'-t see the value of either the existing product or the improved offering.
Apparently, Microsoft is moving to address this problem with something called the '-'Coming Soon'-" preview pane. I recently received this as a heads-up as part of my Office 365 subscription. I'-m intrigued with the idea, because it seems to address the problem of folks taking Outlook for granted. If successful, I expect this capability to move to the rest of Office and become a far more common practice both within Microsoft and other firms as well."
I recently spent some time with Tom Hebner, Worldwide Leader of the Cognitive Innovation Group at" Nuance Communications. We discussed voice search and the emerging future of AI.
The voice user interface
'-'Voice technologies being deployed by large technology companies is awesome for everyone in the industry because it really shows the power of the technologies, but also shows the edges, too, because people get all hyped up and think it does more than it currently can,'-" Hebner said.
'-'The promise of voice technology is that we will need to learn less about the computer. Like, back in the day when you had to type in a terminal, you had to really understand how to code. Then, with graphical user interfaces, it became a little easier,'-" he said.