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At 6 feet, humans are underwater and cars are floating. At 9 feet, it's much worse.

Nintendo offers more details on its online service, Final Fantasy ports and most importantly...Animal Crossing.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket edition launches on the Nintendo Switch, with eight more games coming soon.

The gaming-oriented phone debuted last year.

Animal Crossing fans, your pleas have been heard.

Pretty soon you're going to have to pay to play your Switch online.

Joy-Con who?

But good old wristbands will still have their place.

The company's latest robot vacuum sees more in the dark and makes better maps, but it'll be sold only in China.

A new Audible audiobook about upcoming The Crimes of Grindelwald movie is narrated by Fantastic Beasts actor Dan Fogler.

Apple adds support for background tag reading.

Get the Breaking Bad star a cowboy hat. He's about to go west, young man.

Nintendo Direct is back after last week's earthquake in Japan.

You know how some bank cards include your photo, but only in a tiny square? Yeah, not this one.

An investment in Stanford spinoff QuantumScape could put VW in the lead in the race to develop the game-changing tech.

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So, you're ready to leave your iPhone for greener pastures '-” specifically, the bright green hue of Google's Android ecosystem.

It's a major move, to be sure, but it doesn't have to be daunting. Beneath the surface-level differences, Android and iOS actually have a lot in common '-” and with the right steps, you can switch from an iPhone to an Android device without losing anything significant (including your sanity).

Make your way through this easy-to-follow guide, and you'll be happily settled in your new high-tech home in no time.

All-in-one iOS-to-Android switching tools

First things first: Some Android devices, like Samsung's Galaxy phones and Google's Pixel products, ship with their own all-in-one iPhone-to-Android switching systems. These systems may include special software and possibly even physical cables for moving a bunch of data from your iPhone to your new Android device in one fell swoop. If your Android phone offers such a service, it's a smart place to start.

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.

You've probably heard the news by now: Google is killing off Inbox, its experimental email app that's lived alongside Gmail for the past four years. The service is set to shut down for good this coming March.

When Inbox was announced in October of 2014, Google described it as something "years in the making" '-” a "completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters." The engineers behind it said it was "designed for the problems we're going to see in the next 10 years."

How a business structures itself internally can have a huge impact on workflow and culture'-”both across individual teams and the company as a whole.

Companies need to be fast, focused, and adaptable to remain competitive in a world where customers'-™ needs are constantly changing. A wide variety of stakeholders have to work together across an organization to align the product or service with customer needs and company goals.

A new model of work must be adopted to meet this challenge'-”and with that challenge comes a major opportunity for IT leaders to demonstrate business leadership far and wide across their organizations.

Agile has been a prominent development practice for the past 15 years in technology, but the basic tenets of agile can be a cross-company organizing principle to help teams in any function be more efficient and, well, agile. According to Salesforce'-™s second annual '-'State of IT'-" report, 75 percent of tech leaders say IT is currently in the midst of the biggest historical shift of its role, becoming more deeply involved in the business and playing a critical role in processes. Since technology leaders already have vast expertise with agile, they'-™re well positioned to be change agents for forward-thinking companies by encouraging widespread adoption of the philosophy.

[Disclosure: Qualcomm is a client of the author.]

I believe the near-term future will largely be defined by wearable devices, but there'-™s no denying the class started ugly.

First, we had the incredibly foolish Google effort called Glass. Then Apple decided to toss out the brilliant product, marketing and naming strategies that resulted in the iPod, iPhone and iPad and created the Apple Watch. While still powerful enough to set an industry trend, the move almost terminally destroyed what we now consider to be the smartwatch market.

You see, with the iPod, iPhone and iPad Apple defined the products themselves. But when you call something by a name that'-™s already defined '-" like '-'watch'-" '-" that name then defines the product. But the Apple Watch wasn'-™t a '-'watch'-" '-" it was more of a wearable iPod." 

A staggering amount of digitally-focused companies launch every year, and none of these companies can operate without a dedicated team of IT professionals. Numerous avenues have opened for aspiring IT professionals seeking professional certifications. For example, this Ultimate IT Certification Training Bundle features prep courses for some of the most popular IT certifications on the market. You can find it here for $39.

Apple Watch is no longer a rich boy'-™s toy or an accessory for Kool Aid-drinking hipsters '-” it'-™s a device you'-™ll want to give to people you love because you want to protect them. This new status means it has reached a significant inflection point, becoming an essential tool for better healthcare.

What has Apple done here?

Among a raft of improvements to the product (many of which had been predicted), Apple introduced critical heart- and health-related features for Apple Watch Series 4:

Slack has unveiled new features aimed at attracting a wider audience of enterprise customers, including enhanced security, compliance and admin controls.

The company has made a concerted effort to court large businesses since the launch of its Enterprise Grid product last year. And during its second annual Frontiers event in San Francisco last week, Slack - which recently raised $427 million in new funding - highlighted several " enterprise-focused announcements, including the acquisition of Missions.ai, its new partnership with Atlassian, and a glimpse of its feature roadmap.

This pilot fish and his wife are planning a long-overdue vacation to an all-inclusive resort -- one of those places where you don't have to worry about things like meals or tipping.

"I log onto the resort's website in order to make some reservations ahead of our arrival," fish says, "and am presented with the standard registration page."

He enters his information on the page, which also asks "for security reasons" that he set up a password.

It's not until after he has clicked "OK" that fish looks at the icon in his web browser and realizes the page isn't encrypted. He does a quick browse of the source code for the page, and finds that there's no SSL anywhere securing the data he's just typed in.

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


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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).

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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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