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iStream Superlight is a complete rethink of the way that mainstream automotive manufacturers build cars.

How to tell Apple's new iPhones apart.

Apple's high-end iPhones have dual 12-megapixel cameras, OLED displays and faster A12 Bionic chips. A cheaper, colorful version comes with an LCD screen.

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck might be hanging up their capes, but here are ideas for other actors who could put their spin on the DC Comics superheroes.

Our ancient ancestors were an artsy bunch.

Remarks by the search giant's leadership may draw more scrutiny from conservatives, who accuse the company of bias.

The Mad Men star says it would depend on the script, but notes, "I'd probably fit the suit."

The new band will help drivers spot you during your night runs.

See how Apple's new iPhones compare spec-by-spec with last year's iPhone X.

Mercedes' new GLE-Class hits US showrooms in spring 2019.

The new smartwatch is set to bring a series of new features to your wrist and a 30 percent larger screen.

Cheapskate exclusive! Use that credit across 12 months for free or deeply discounted service -- on Verizon's network!

Apple's $29 battery replacement program ends in December.

The new timepiece has some strong health features.

Need a light? You won't need to swipe with the iPhone XR.

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Whether your business team is designing a next-gen widget or developing an online campaign, you need a place to get together, brainstorm and map out a strategy. In years past, a dry-erase whiteboard was typically where such ideas were recorded, with some obvious drawbacks. For starters, somebody had to capture all those great ideas from the whiteboard before it got erased. Worse, remote meeting attendees couldn'-™t see the on-board action.

Google Jamboard

Microsoft Surface Hub


(Insider Story)

I wrote earlier on some of the enterprise implications of Apple'-™s 2018 iPhone and Apple Watch range. Here are a few more insights on the new range as Apple closes in on selling its two billionth iOS device.

iPhone range intelligence

Apple now offers three iPhones: iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR.

Analyst Patrick Moorhead believes the iPhone XR will be the biggest-selling smartphone over the next year. In part this is because it offers the same powerful chip, can do portrait shots and other imaging tasks and comes in a range of cool colors at a more affordable price.

With the demand for information technology professionals rising, earning an IT certification can be a lucrative career choice. There are dozens of IT certification providers, one of the most popular being Microsoft. If you'-™d like to learn what it takes to become a Microsoft-certified IT professional, the" Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle and" Ultimate MCSA Certification Training Bundle are good places to start.

Consider the following Gedankenexperiment.

You turn on your Chromebook (or phone or iPad), things whirr and glurg for a few minutes, and the computer throws up this message:

Error. Failure to install SSU before LCU. Turn your computer off and back on again.

Enlightening, eh?

That'-™s what we'-™re seeing this week in Windows land. Except Windows isn'-™t polite enough to throw a message up. It just throws up.

It's now been a full year since Apple announced it would release its first wireless charger to go along with the first iPhones that could be wirelessly charged.

From wired to wireless charging
Apple wireless charging AirPower

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Apple's iPhone X offers a variety of cutting edge features, such as Face ID technology, and it supports native wireless charging '-" just like the iPhone 8 (and a variety of Android devices).

Expectation is high and" #AppleEvent" is trending on Twitter, so you know it'-™s September 12 '-” the day when Apple is expected to introduce new iPhones, Apple Watch, iPads, and possibly a few more goodies. So, I thought it might be good to flag up a few enterprise-focused things to watch for.

As businesses look for ways to give employees flexible work environments, whether on desktops or mobile devices, in the office or out in the field, IT shops have had to scramble to consolidate the management of hardware platforms using a single console.

With that IT goal in mind, Microsoft in 2011 launched its Intune cloud service to address the emerging enterprise mobility management (EMM) needs of the workplace.

Intune is designed to give IT admins an easy way to manage a variety of devices '-" whether corporate or personal '-" in a way that protects corporate data while still allowing employees to get their jobs done. It combines mobile device management (MDM) capabiltiies with mobile application management (MAM) features and puts them all in a single console. Though obviously tied to Windows 10 and other Microsoft products, it is designed to manage hardware running other operating systems.

IT contractor pilot fish's project at a big company is winding down, so the company cuts him loose -- but also offers him a job as a developer doing the same thing he was doing before.

"With no other real options except unemployment, I decided to accept the position," says fish.

"Upon arriving for my first day of work as a regular employee, basically working on the same projects I was working on as a contractor the previous Friday, I figured there would not be any issues with my new job."

It doesn't take long to get his computer set up, and fish soon starts back in on his project, which means building stored procedures for database transactions in exactly the same way he's been doing for months.

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).

The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 Update isn'-™t the end of a process '-” it'-™s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we'-™ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 '-” version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update '-” with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we'-™ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft'-™s announcement about it.

Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.

Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule '-” Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded '-” business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.

Everyone knows the secret to success '-” personal and business alike '-” is good communication. But in what form? If you're trying to communicate with a group in real time, you're no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren't paying attention and somebody's dog barks intermittently throughout the call.(Insider Story)

When we think about Android launchers, we tend to think about programs that add oodles of options into our home screen environments. But a new and still under-development Android launcher aims to do just the opposite '-” to strip your home screen down to its bare essentials and turn it into an ultra-efficient launching board for getting where you need to be.

It's called Niagara Launcher, and while it's still technically in beta and "unreleased," it's available to anyone to download and try out for free from the Play Store. I've been using it on my phone for a little while now, and I've gotta say: It absolutely is not your average Android launcher. And for plenty of people, that could be a good thing.

Apple really wants app developers to build their business around app subscriptions rather than a la carte app sales, and this reflects an overall shift within the company.

Apple as a service

Apple has invited" selected developers to meetings" at which it evangelized app subscription models.

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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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