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The chief executives of AMD and IBM are set to speak at the tech show after criticism of a lack of gender diversity.

Get ready to follow the lone gunfighter known as The Mandalorian.

ISS astronauts may get an outside view of the mysterious leak hole.

Get ready for the lion, the witch, the wardrobe, and the streaming service.

The device recorded when the victim's heart beat stopped, police say.

Some users have noticed their phones won't charge if the screen is off when they plug in a lightning cable.

Maybe you shouldn't build your royal residence on a volcanic planet if you're especially fond of your limbs.

Kill it with fire.

What's it sound like when Wednesday's text-alert test buzzes dozens of phones all at once?

World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack will take on Blizzard's lead role.

The Cosworth-sourced, 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 makes 1130 horsepower and revs to 11,000 rpm.

Big phones, big competition.

The three plaintiffs are concerned Trump may broadcast "arbitrary, biased, irrational" messages and there's no way to opt out.

Nintendo fancies itself as being in the "entertainment business."

Exclusive: CEO Michael Gallagher has resigned. He defended the industry from criticism by the White House, NRA and more.

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Companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle will reap a financial windfall by offering blockchain as a service (BaaS), a market that'-™s quickly growing as companies look for ways to use the distributed ledger technology without spending a lot of money.

If just 2% of servers act as blockchain nodes some day, the BaaS market would reach $7 billion, according to Bank of America research analyst Kash Rangan.

In a note to investors" yesterday, Rangan named nine companies best positioned to take advantage of the BaaS movement. Along with BaaS providers Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle, Rangan named IBM, Salesforce.com, and VMware as leaders in the space. He also said real-estate/mortgage companies with blockchain-based online services, such as like Redfin, Zillow, and LendingTree, will also benefit. Those services digitize the transfer of property.


Microsoft yesterday released Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the year's second - and final - feature upgrade but will not begin pushing it onto PCs until next week.

Consumers will see the upgrade offered starting Oct. 9, the first day of automatic availability.

"If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it's ready for your machine," cautioned Jennifer Chen, a company communications manager, in a post to a company blog Tuesday.


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.


Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) 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 next spring. As it did with the October 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 6, 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 October 2018 Update (Redstone 5), 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 Windows 10 update like the October 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 1809, known as the October 2018 Update '-” with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the October 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update; 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update; and finally 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.


Slack might be pinning its hopes on channels becoming the most common method of business communication, but its latest acquisition shows the continued importance of email for getting work done.

Last week, Slack touted its acquisition of Astro as a move designed to help it build out its own email management capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The purchase came just ahead of the company'-™s Frontiers user conference in New York City, which begins today.


I take it as an article of faith that you don'-™t want to install the latest version of Windows 10 right away. As we'-™ve seen, repeatedly, upgrading to a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it'-™s out leads to madness.

For almost everyone, the new features in Windows 10 version 1809, a.k.a. the October 2018 Update '-” new emojis, long overdue clipboard improvements," more convenient updates '-” just aren'-™t worth the bother of installing and setting up an entirely new copy of Windows. (Unless you really want Candy Crush Soda Saga installed for the umpteenth time.)


With Apple now seen as the future of enterprise mobility, I'-™ve put together a short collection of Siri Shortcuts that may make you more productive. As you can see, I'-™ve included the workflow used in some (though not all) of these to demonstrate how to build these things.

Remind me at work

Had a great idea? Ever experience one of those "Eureka" moments when the best strategic approach to a complex problem hits you as you climb aboard a train? Need to remember to order a birthday present for the kids? Never fear '-” as long as you'-™ve defined an address inside this little shortcut (and give Shortcuts access to your reminders) this will keep things moving forward right. Get this one here.


Back in May, when Microsoft rolled out Win10 version 1803, we saw a behavior never seen before: Some people, when clicking on '-'Check for updates'-" in Win10 1703 or 1709, were pushed into the Win10 1803 upgrade sequence.

I'-™m sure there'-™s a parallel universe somewhere in which '-'check for updates'-" is the same as '-'upgrade my machine.'-" Sure glad I don'-™t live there. (To block this update, see this article.)


Microsoft will handle Windows 10 upkeep as part of the device-as-a-service (DaaS) Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) subscription, the company said at its Ignite conference.

"We will manage all the updates that happen on this device," Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, said in a 15-minute session on MMD at last week's Ignite. "We'll manage all the Windows 10 feature updates. You'll be getting Semi-annual Channel updates for this device. We'll also be managing the Office updates and the monthly quality updates that come from Windows as well."

Those twice-annual feature upgrades and monthly security updates - as well as a host of other bug fixes for Windows that shoot out the refresh pipeline - will be delivered through Windows Update for Business (WUfB), a spin-off of the better-known Windows Update service.


Flashback to the early 1970s, when this IT pilot fish is refining and coding a model for strategic planning for his company.

"That involved quite a bit of head scratching and lots of lines of Fortran on 80-columnpunch cards," fish says.

"An intern was hired with ill-defined responsibilities. He mostly hung around and tried to ingratiate himself.

"But soon the systems department noted a lot of print requests from his account. It turned out that he was systematically stealing not only the code for the model but also the corporate data that fed it -- piles of green-bar fanfold.


As today's workforce grows more fragmented and scattered, companies are scrambling to find ever-better ways to keep employees connected so they can collaborate easily on work." 

Given the rise of remote offices, flexible hours and corporate globalization, that's not always easy. And that conundrum helps explain the rise of Slack five years ago and '-" more recently '-" Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Workplace by Facebook and a variety of other options.


The big twice-a-year Windows 10 update is here ... except this time, it'-™s not so big. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, a.k.a. version 1809, is perhaps the least impressive of the major updates since Windows 10 was introduced. It sports no big, new capabilities like Timeline, the flagship feature of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Still, it'-™s got some good sleeper features, a hidden gem or two, a few bombs, and a host of useful if not groundbreaking features.

The release will be rolled out to Windows 10 users in phases, starting on October 9, so it might be some time before you see it arrive on your computer. If you want it sooner, you can try manually checking for updates. And if you want to delay the update, here's how to block it temporarily.


The lines are becoming more and more blurred as to what constitutes the modern workplace. With companies becoming increasingly conscious of how they are allocating their expensive real estate space, traditional, individual offices long ago gave way to more open, shared areas encouraging collaboration, a free flow of ideas and information sharing to foster innovation. Throw in technology advancements, distributed workforces, and an overhaul in the way people think about work, and you find a fundamental shift in the way businesses must operate in order to be successful.

The idea of formal, scheduled meeting with everyone in the same conference room is outdated and somewhat obsolete. Today'-™s meetings are more ad-hoc, less structured, shorter in duration and typically include remote workers. How can organizations achieve the right balance to support these distributed workforces yet make sure all employees feel connected to the company, co-workers and their work in order for the company to succeed in today'-™s competitive environment?


Windows 10 in September faltered in its battle to replace Windows 7, losing its chance this month of putting the older operating system in second place.

According to California analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 retreated by four-tenths of a percentage point in September, putting its user share at 37.4% of all personal computers and 42.8% of those running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows never powers all personal computers; in September, Windows ran 87.6% of the world's systems. The remainder ran macOS, Linux or ChromeOS.)

September's decline was one of only five recorded in the 38 months since the mid-2015 launch of the newer OS. More common has been Windows 10 advancing its user share: its monthly average has been an eight-tenths of a percentage point increase. In all but one of the prior cases where Windows 10 lost user share, the slide was brief and gains immediately resumed.


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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.



The daughter's name is Nicarri.



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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